TUBERCULOUS lesions of the upper respiratory tract are commonly seen as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis. Such lesions are frequently a serious handicap to the patient's recovery, and their management presents a difficult problem in many cases.
Wilson and Stern cited Fernández Ponjoan,1 who reported that in 1,000 patients with tuberculosis of the upper respiratory tract, 99 per cent had tuberculous laryngitis and 0.9 per cent had involvement of the pharynx and the nose.
Szanto and Hollender2 stated that tuberculosis of the nasopharynx has been neglected; that it occurs oftener than tuberculosis of the larynx, and that a histopathological study of the nasopharyngeal tissue may be necessary to establish the diagnosis. These authors expressed the belief that a persistent lesion in this region may be the cause of reinfection or the source of an infected sputum in cases of arrested tuberculosis. They reported that in 134 autopsies in which a
SMITH MT. TUBERCULOUS RETROPHARYNGEAL ABSCESS TREATED BY SURGERY AND STREPTOMYCIN. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(5):767–770. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030793004