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Parapharyngeal abscess secondary to lymphovenous malformation

  • S Khosla (a1), N Caton (a1), T-T Zhang (a2) and C R Davies-Husband (a1)



Deep neck space abscesses are an uncommon but life-threatening emergency presentation to the ENT surgeon because of potential acute airway compromise.


This paper presents a novel case of a palatine tonsillar, low-flow, lymphovenous malformation pre-disposing to multifocal deep neck space collections and resultant acute airway compromise.


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Author for correspondence: Mr Shivun Khosla, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Brighton BN2 5BE, UK E-mail: Fax: +(0)1273 602 730


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