Irradiated pharynx

Case contributed by Dr Charlie Chia-Tsong Hsu


55 year old male right tonsil SCC. Recent completion of radiation therapy. Dysphagia.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

Smooth enlargement of the soft palate, epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds can be appreciated on the preliminary spot radiography. 

Bulbous uvula cause incomplete closure and resulted in nasopharyngeal reflux. Similarily, reduced hyoid elevation and diminished epiglottis tilt resulted in laryngeal penetration. The observed acute radiation changes usually last for 2-6 weeks after cessation of therapy. 

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Case information

rID: 19873
Case created: 18th Oct 2012
Last edited: 19th Dec 2015
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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