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Diffuse Retropharyngeal Space Disease
Bronwyn E. Hamilton, MD; Christine M. Glastonbury, MBBS
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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

    ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

    • Key Differential Diagnosis Issues

      • Helpful Clues for Common Diagnoses

        • Helpful Clues for Less Common Diagnoses

          • Helpful Clues for Rare Diagnoses

            Selected References

            1. Elder BD et al: Management of cerebrospinal fluid leakage during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and its effect on spinal fusion. World Neurosurg. 89:636-40, 2016
            2. Tomita H et al: Fluid collection in the retropharyngeal space: a wide spectrum of various emergency diseases. Eur J Radiol. 85(7):1247-56, 2016
            3. Johari S et al: Retropharyngeal pseudoabscess manifesting in nephrotic syndrome. Ear Nose Throat J. 93(4-5):E27-9, 2014
            4. Riascos R et al: Retropharyngeal masses in neurofibromatosis type 1: Imaging findings in 2 cases. Ear Nose Throat J. 93(12):E35-7, 2014
            5. Silva CF et al: Acute prevertebral calcific tendinitis: a source of non-surgical acute cervical pain. Acta Radiol. 55(1):91-4, 2014
            6. Syre P et al: CSF leaks and their management following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a report of 13 cases and a review of the literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 39(16): E936-43
            7. Paik NC et al: Tendinitis of longus colli: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical spectra of 9 cases. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 36(6):755-61, 2012
            8. Hoang JK et al: Multiplanar CT and MRI of collections in the retropharyngeal space: is it an abscess? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 196(4):W426-32, 2011
            9. Gutiérrez-González R et al: Retropharyngeal pseudomeningocele formation as a traumatic atlanto-occipital dislocation complication: case report and review. Eur Spine J. 17 Suppl 2:S253-6, 2008
            10. Kurihara N et al: Edema in the retropharyngeal space associated with head and neck tumors: CT imaging characteristics. Neuroradiology. 47(8):609-15, 2005
            11. Altman KW et al: Angioedema presenting in the retropharyngeal space in an adult. Am J Otolaryngol. 20(2):136-8, 1999
            12. Eastwood JD et al: Retropharyngeal effusion in acute calcific prevertebral tendinitis: diagnosis with CT and MR imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(9):1789-92, 1998
            13. Som PM et al: Retropharyngeal mass as a rare presentation of a goiter: CT findings. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 15(5):823-5, 1991
            14. Davis WL et al: Retropharyngeal space: evaluation of normal anatomy and diseases with CT and MR imaging. Radiology. 174(1):59-64, 1990
            15. Davis WL et al: The normal and diseased retropharyngeal and prevertebral spaces. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 11(6):520-33, 1990
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            DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

              ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

              • Key Differential Diagnosis Issues

                • Helpful Clues for Common Diagnoses

                  • Helpful Clues for Less Common Diagnoses

                    • Helpful Clues for Rare Diagnoses

                      Selected References

                      1. Elder BD et al: Management of cerebrospinal fluid leakage during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and its effect on spinal fusion. World Neurosurg. 89:636-40, 2016
                      2. Tomita H et al: Fluid collection in the retropharyngeal space: a wide spectrum of various emergency diseases. Eur J Radiol. 85(7):1247-56, 2016
                      3. Johari S et al: Retropharyngeal pseudoabscess manifesting in nephrotic syndrome. Ear Nose Throat J. 93(4-5):E27-9, 2014
                      4. Riascos R et al: Retropharyngeal masses in neurofibromatosis type 1: Imaging findings in 2 cases. Ear Nose Throat J. 93(12):E35-7, 2014
                      5. Silva CF et al: Acute prevertebral calcific tendinitis: a source of non-surgical acute cervical pain. Acta Radiol. 55(1):91-4, 2014
                      6. Syre P et al: CSF leaks and their management following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a report of 13 cases and a review of the literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 39(16): E936-43
                      7. Paik NC et al: Tendinitis of longus colli: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical spectra of 9 cases. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 36(6):755-61, 2012
                      8. Hoang JK et al: Multiplanar CT and MRI of collections in the retropharyngeal space: is it an abscess? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 196(4):W426-32, 2011
                      9. Gutiérrez-González R et al: Retropharyngeal pseudomeningocele formation as a traumatic atlanto-occipital dislocation complication: case report and review. Eur Spine J. 17 Suppl 2:S253-6, 2008
                      10. Kurihara N et al: Edema in the retropharyngeal space associated with head and neck tumors: CT imaging characteristics. Neuroradiology. 47(8):609-15, 2005
                      11. Altman KW et al: Angioedema presenting in the retropharyngeal space in an adult. Am J Otolaryngol. 20(2):136-8, 1999
                      12. Eastwood JD et al: Retropharyngeal effusion in acute calcific prevertebral tendinitis: diagnosis with CT and MR imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(9):1789-92, 1998
                      13. Som PM et al: Retropharyngeal mass as a rare presentation of a goiter: CT findings. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 15(5):823-5, 1991
                      14. Davis WL et al: Retropharyngeal space: evaluation of normal anatomy and diseases with CT and MR imaging. Radiology. 174(1):59-64, 1990
                      15. Davis WL et al: The normal and diseased retropharyngeal and prevertebral spaces. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 11(6):520-33, 1990