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November 1977

Retropharyngeal Abscess Caused by Atypical Mycobacterium

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Dr Rice), the Section of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (Drs Dimcheff and Benz), and the Section of Microbiology, Department of Pathology (Ms Tsang), University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. Dr Rice is now with the Section of Head and Neck Surgery, Veterans Administration, Wadsworth Hospital Center and UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(11):681-684. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780280077011

• Mycobacterial retropharyngeal abscesses are usually secondary to cervical tuberculous osteomyelitis. A case is presented of a retropharyngeal abscess that was caused by the atypical mycobacteria with no mucous membrane or cervical spine involvement. The operative and medical management is discussed.

(Arch Otolaryngol 103:681-684, 1977)

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