In our study, the sub-mandibular space extending to anterior visceral space and the retropharyngeal space
infections were the most common spaces prone for developing complications especially the mediastinitis (P value 0.
Edema in the retropharyngeal space
associated with head and neck tumours: CT imaging characteristics.
4) Unlike retropharyngeal abscess, which is typically characterized by enhancing fluid in the retropharyngeal space
and inflamed lymph nodes, CTLC generally demonstrates nonenhancing fluid in the retropharyngeal space
accompanied by calcification anterior to C1 and C2.
The retropharyngeal space
lies behind the pharynx between the buccopharyngeal fascia, which covers the constrictor muscle, and the prevertebral fascia.
First described in 2003, it is based on the simple fact that "kids won't look up when their retropharyngeal space
is filled with pus" (Pediatrics 2003; 111:1394-8).
In retropharyngeal abscesses, a lateral radiograph of the neck can reveal a widened retropharyngeal space
The potential space in between the prevertebral fascia and the buccopharyngeal fascia is known as the retropharyngeal space
or also known as the space of Gillette.
Aseptic effusion into the retropharyngeal space
is rare; reported etiologies include internal jugular vein thrombosis, neoplasia, radiation therapy, trauma, acute calcific tendinitis, hereditary angioedema, and myxedema of hypothyroidism.
The correct imaging diagnosis is based on (1) the presence of pathognomonic calcification in the superior tendon fibers of the longus colli muscle, (2) the presence of fluid within the retropharyngeal space
without associated enhancement around the effusion, (3) the absence of inflammatory retropharyngeal lymph nodes, (4) the absence of any bony destruction of the adjacent cervical vertebrae, and (5) recognition of the variability in the degree of tendinous calcium deposition, which may range from subtle to the more typical marked globular amorphous appearance.
3) CT scans provides valuable information for the site and the extent of infection (3) Retropharyngeal space
collection include an evaluation of multiplanar imaging for four characteristics: distribution of fluid, configuration and mass effect, presence or absence of a thick enhancing wall, and ancillary findings.
The mass extended from C2 into the retropharyngeal space
and superior mediastinum.