Lateral radiograph demonstrates retropharyngeal soft tissue prominence extending from C2 to C6 vertebrae measuring up to 1.8 cm at the level of C6. Lucency is also visualized in the prevertebral soft tissue at the level of C4 to C6. Findings are suspicious for retropharyngeal cellulitis/abscess. The osseous structures appear intact. No radiopaque foreign body is seen.
Not originally appreciated on this study were ossific densities projecting anterior to and at the level of the C1/odontoid process.