Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: A Deceptive Presentation as Deep Neck Space AbscessCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Vignesh Karunakaran,
Senior Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondichery-605006, India.
The presentation of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) can be clandestine and deceptive. The NPC presenting as a deep neck space infection with airway compromise and intracranial extension is a rare occurrence. We report a case of 60-year-old male presenting with headache followed by right sided neck swelling with breathing difficulty with a Computed Tomography (CT) scan revealing a collection in deep neck space and destructive mass in the nasopharynx. We discuss the varied presentation of NPC from a trivial headache till life threatening stridor and furthermore review the literature emphasising on the same.
Headache, Lymphadenopathy, Retropharyngeal abscess
Raghul Sekar, Vignesh Karunakaran, Arun Alexander. NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA: A DECEPTIVE PRESENTATION AS DEEP NECK SPACE ABSCESS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 April [cited: 2018 Oct 22 ]; 12:MD01-MD03. Available from
Date of Submission: Oct 03, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Feb 06, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Feb 26, 2018
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2018
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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