Neck abscess in an IVDU

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Recent attempt at venous access in the right neck for illicit drug use. Now pain, swelling and fever.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Female
Modality: CT

Swelling of the right sternomastoid is associated with a ring enhancing mass indicative of abscess. Oedema in overlying fat. Note right jugular lymph node chain enlargement. The abscess sits immediately superficial to the internal jugular vein. The vein remains patent.

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Case Information

rID: 30703
Case created: 29th Aug 2014
Last edited: 20th Nov 2015
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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