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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 263-266

Cervical spondylodiscitis presenting with dysphagia and dysphonia

Department of Orthopaedics, KSHEMA Nitte University, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Siddharth M Shetty
Department of Orthopaedics, KSHEMA Nitte University, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.143069

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Infections of the deep spaces of the neck, like the prevertebral abscess, can present with catastrophic consequences due to compromise of air and food passages. The most common causes of the prevertebral abscess in orthopedic practice are tuberculosis of spine, retropharyngeal abscess, infections secondary to foreign body impalement and injury. Early recognition of these conditions is necessary to avert fatal complications. We report a case of a 50-year-old gentleman who presented with symptoms of dysphagia and dysphonia with altered sensorium of 4 days duration. He was diagnosed with septicemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, and an upper motor neuron type of quadriparesis. There was diffuse swelling over the anterior aspect of the neck with magnetic resonance imaging study suggesting a prevertebral abscess with septic discitis of cervical 5 and 6 vertebras. The case is presented along with the literature review discussed as an unusual cause of septic discitis due to Klebsiella manifesting as dysphonia and dysphagia.

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