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Year : 2018 | Month : April | Volume : 12 | Issue : 4 | Page : MD01 - MD03

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: A Deceptive Presentation as Deep Neck Space Abscess

Raghul Sekar, Vignesh Karunakaran, Arun Alexander

1. Junior Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India. 2. Senior Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India. 3. Additional Professor and Head, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Vignesh Karunakaran,
Senior Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondichery-605006, India.
E-mail: raghul8020@gmail.com

Abstract

The presentation of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) can be clandestine and deceptive. The NPC presenting as a deep neck space infection with airway compromise and intracranial extension is a rare occurrence. We report a case of 60-year-old male presenting with headache followed by right sided neck swelling with breathing difficulty with a Computed Tomography (CT) scan revealing a collection in deep neck space and destructive mass in the nasopharynx. We discuss the varied presentation of NPC from a trivial headache till life threatening stridor and furthermore review the literature emphasising on the same.

Keywords

Headache, Lymphadenopathy, Retropharyngeal abscess

How to cite this article :

Raghul Sekar, Vignesh Karunakaran, Arun Alexander. NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA: A DECEPTIVE PRESENTATION AS DEEP NECK SPACE ABSCESS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 April [cited: 2018 Jul 20 ]; 12:MD01-MD03. Available from
http://jcdr.net/back_issues.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2018&month=April&volume=12&issue=4&page=MD01-MD03&id=11369

DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2018/34082.11369

Date of Submission: Oct 03, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Feb 06, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Feb 26, 2018
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2018

FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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