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June 1972

Cervical Spine Osteomyelitis: Secondary to a Foreign Body in the Hypopharynx

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Section of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Yale-New Haven Medical Center and the Yale University School of Medicine, and the Section of Otolaryngology, and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(6):578-580. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080868014

Foreign bodies of the hypopharynx may result in serious complications several weeks after their removal. Persistent symptoms should alert the physician to continuing infection. Osteomyelitis of the cervical spine has been seen as a complication of a foreign body in the hypopharynx which had penetrated the posterior pharyngeal wall.

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