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Comment & Response
November 2016

Cervical Osteomyelitis After Pharyngeal Surgical Manipulation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(11):1130. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.1837

To the Editor We congratulate D’Souza and colleagues on their article, “Cervical Spine Spondylodiscitis After Esophageal Dilation in Patients With a History of Laryngectomy or Pharyngectomy and Pharyngeal Irradiation,”1 for bringing attention to a rare but potentially devastating complication of esophageal dilation in patients with postradiation head and neck cancer. We have observed similar events in our patients at the University of Pittsburgh.

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