Unusual parapharyngeal extension of peritonsillar abscess to the masticator space: Successfully drained by extraoral and intraoral endoscopic approaches

Hiroshi Hidaka, Eiichi Ishida, Takahiro Suzuki, Sachiko Matsutani, Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Shoki Takahashi

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Abstract

Objective: The object was to describe 2 novel cases of peritonsillar abscess showing peculiar extension to the masticator space. Methods: The methods included clinical case records, including computed tomography and surgical approaches. Results: Both patients we encountered were suffering from systematic diseases, with case 1 involving a 75-year-old man with diabetes mellitus and case 2 involving a 90-year-old woman taking immunosuppressive medications. The abscesses were peritonsillar in origin, extending primarily to the parapharyngeal space, with unusual secondary extension to the masticator space. Extraoral drainage conducted in case 1 was useful for assessing the masticator space and surrounding spaces, but endoscopy-assisted intraoral drainage in case 2 was less invasive, obviating the need for identifying the facial nerve. Conclusions: It is important to bear in mind that patients suffering from systemic diseases may display unusual extension of deep head and neck infections, and enhanced computed tomography is a useful modality for evaluating such extensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume123
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May

Keywords

  • Deep neck infection
  • Drainage
  • Endoscopy
  • Masticator space
  • Peritonsillar abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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