Prevertebral soft tissue swelling: retropharyngeal abscess
Had foreign body in throat, took it out but now has pain and dysphagia.
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Lateral projection covering C1-C4. There is prevertebral soft tissue swelling with calcification projecting in this region. The patient appears edentulous with bilateral mandibular internal fixation.
The patient proceeded to CT and theatre, both demonstrating retropharyngeal abscess. The amorphous calcification demonstrated projecting over the prevertebral soft tissues was incidental carotid bulb calcification.