Pterygoid muscle abscess secondary to parapharyngeal space lymphadenitis

Arielle Thal, Andrew Y. Lee, Howard S. Moskowitz

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We describe the case of a young boy with severe clinical symptoms which mimicked several findings consistent with a peritonsillar abscess (PTA). After the patient exhibited no improvement with medical management, imaging revealed an intramuscular medial pterygoid abscess secondary to parapharyngeal space lymphadenitis. This is the first reported case of a patient with a medial pterygoid abscess secondary to lymphadenitis. We also describe a minimally invasive surgical approach for incision and drainage of the abscess that has not previously been described in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-65
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2019



  • Abscess
  • Parapharyngeal
  • Peritonsillar
  • Pterygoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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