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Clinical Problem Solving: Radiology
January 2004

Radiology Quiz Case

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004;130(1):117. doi:10.1001/archotol.130.1.117

A 54-year-old man with a history of 3 cervical spine fusion procedures presented with postoperative dysphagia. Although he stated that he had experienced some mild difficulty in swallowing solids over the previous 5 months, his dysphagia had significantly worsened 1 week after his most recent spinal fusion procedure. Physical examination of his fixed and rigid neck showed well-healed midline posterior and left anterior scars. Fiberoptic laryngeal examination showed only moderate posterior glottic edema, which was thought to be the result of intubation trauma. The findings of his physical examination were otherwise unremarkable.