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October 1980

Idiopathic Fibrosis of the Lateral Compartment of the Neck

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Drs Esdaile, Hawkins, and MacKenzie) and Pathology (Dr Murray), Montreal General Hospital and McGill University, Montreal. Dr MacKenzie is now with Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(10):1386-1387. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330210134041

• We report a case of idiopathic fibrosis of the lateral compartment of the neck. Twenty-four years after the onset of swelling of the neck and 14 years after biopsy, the patient remains only mildly symptomatic. Histologically, it appears to be a homologue of the other idiopathic fibrosing syndromes such as retroperitoneal fibrosis, mediastinal fibrosis, sclerosing cholangitis, fibrosis of the orbit, and Riedel's struma.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1386-1387, 1980)