Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2011 Dec;54(12):871-874. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2011.54.12.871.

Intramural Esophageal Abscess and Dissection due to Retropharygeal Abscess

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea. yeramii@hanmail.net

Abstract

Intramural esophageal dissection is a rare esophageal disorder characterized by sudden severe retro-sternal pain, hematemesis, odynophagia and dysphagia due to longitudinal separation of submucosa from muscle layer of the esophagus. Even though the etiology of this disorder still remains uncertain, it is usually associated with a rapid increase of intra-esophageal pressure in addition to coagulation disorder. We treated a patient who initially presented with retropharyngeal abscess, but finally progressed to an intramural esophageal dissection, which was successfully treated by endoscopic procedure. This is the first case that recorded disease progression and treatment from a retropharyngeal abscess to esophageal dissection.

Keyword

Retropharynx; Abscess; Esophagus; Dissection

MeSH Terms

Abscess
Deglutition Disorders
Disease Progression
Esophagus
Hematemesis
Humans
Muscles
Retropharyngeal Abscess
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