Spontaneous perforation of the pharynx: a case report

P. Pouryahya, A. MCR Meyer, C.H. Gan

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Introduction: Spontaneous perforation of the pharynx is an uncommon differential diagnosis in patients with odynophagia, presenting to Emergency department (ED). Case presentation: We describe the case of a 42-year-old male, who presented to our ED, with three-day history of ongoing odynophagia despite symptomatic treatment by his general practitioner (GP) with provisional diagnosis of tonsilo-pharyngitis. After consultation with ENT team because of an unclear diagnosis, laryngoscopy under topicalanesthesia in ED was performed and demonstrated a small vocal cord lesion suspicious of nodule or hematoma. Secondary to inconsistent finding with presenting complaint, Computer Tomography (CT) cervical soft tissue, was performed. Findings include an extensive deep soft tissue emphysema outlining the visceral and carotid spaces bilaterally without radiopaque foreign body suggestive of perforation of the upper aero-digestive tract with indeterminate point of perforation. He subsequently was admitted under ENT team and unlike other reported cases in the medical literature, which usually were treated surgically, was managed conservatively with analgesia and parental antibiotics with a good outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
JournalMJEM: Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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