Multiplanar CT and MRI of collections in the retropharyngeal space: Is it an abscess?

Jenny K. Hoang, Barton F. Branstetter IV, James D. Eastwood, Christine M. Glastonbury

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to describe a practical imaging approach to evaluating collections in the retropharyngeal space. CONCLUSION. The differential diagnoses for fluid in the retropharyngeal space include both noninfectious and infectious processes. The multiplanar capabilities of CT and MRI are ideal for characterizing and delineating collections. In this pictorial essay, we describe the anatomy of the retropharyngeal space and offer a fourstep approach to evaluating retropharyngeal collections on multiplanar imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W426-W432
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume196
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Retropharyngeal cellulitis
  • Retropharyngeal edema
  • Retropharyngeal nodes
  • Retropharyngeal space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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