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14 Possible Causes for Abnormal X-Ray of the Cervical Spine, Neck Edema

  • Ludwig's Angina

    Tongue protrusion culminating in rapid and progressive airway obstruction. 11.  As disease continues – swelling of neck , edema of glottis occur  Causes serious risk of[] During the following hours, neck and tongue edema developed. He was started on broad-spectrum antibiotics empirically.[] The swelling and induration of the anterior neck, described as brawny edema, begins under the mandible and extends down to the level of the hyoid bone.[]

  • Retropharyngeal Abscess

    In complex cases, an emergency tracheotomy may be required to prevent upper airway obstruction caused by edema in the neck.[] Abstract Kawasaki disease with retropharyngeal edema (KD with RPE) is a rare complication, and it is diagnosed by neck CT.[] COMMENT: This 2-year-old female presented with a history of upper respiratory tract infection and swelling of the left side of the neck with palpable tenderness.[]

  • Cervical Rib Syndrome

    […] loss; PARESTHESIAS; ISCHEMIA; and EDEMA.[] Clinical manifestations may include pain in the neck and shoulder which radiates into the upper extremity, PARESIS or PARALYSIS of brachial plexus innervated muscles; sensory[]

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    […] to rule out cervical rib abnormalities Cervical spine X-rays to rule out a cervical rib (extra rib) or cervical spine (neck) abnormalities Computed tomography (CT) scan and[] […] of sensation, reduction of arterial pulses in the affected extremity, ISCHEMIA, and EDEMA.[] […] diagnostic tests and procedures can include: Nerve conduction studies to evaluate the function of the motor and sensory nerves Vascular studies of the arteries or veins Chest X-ray[]

  • Gonadal Dysgenesis

    X-ray of the cervical, dorsal, and lumbar spine revealed fusion of L1 and L2 vertebrae and scoliosis of dorsal spine with no abnormalities in cervical spine [Figure 2].[] Computed tomography scan of the head and neck revealed the presence of brain edema, hydrocephalous, and a localized hypodense lesion in the hypothalamus.[]

  • Acute Respiratory Acidosis

    Chest x-ray on admission showed normal lung fields. Computed tomography (CT) of the head revealed no acute infarcts, bleeding, mass effect, or bony abnormalities.[] edema Tachycardia Tachypnea Confusion Sleepiness Altered consciousness Cyanosis (bluish color to skin, lips and/or fingernails) Pursed lips Difficulty / inability speaking[] A CT scan of the cervical spine revealed no fractures or dislocations.[]

  • Spina Bifida Occulta

    Cervical spine x-ray films showed occult spina bifida from C-1 to T-1 associated with an abnormal long club-like bone located parallel to the epidural space between C-5 and[] There was no phonophobia, vomiting or periorbital edema.[] Table 2 Hypersensitive areas of the neck Groove behind mastoid process 3 4 7 GON/MON 2 4 6 Transverse processes, C4/C5 2 2 4 Tendon insertions, along bony ridge: protuberantia[]

  • Neck Pain

    Plain X-rays, CT scans or MRI of the cervical spine may be needed to evaluate for bone trauma, suspected C1-C2 subluxation, congenital bony abnormalities or osteomyelitis.[] A second CT scan with contrast injection and tissue phase ruled out infection, revealing a retropharyngeal calcification inducing retropharyngeal edema.[] DISCUSSION: Given a clinical triad associating acute neck pain, cervical spine stiffness and odynophagia, traumatic or infectious etiology was initially suspected.[]

  • Teardrop Fracture of the Cervical Spine

    […] clearing the cervical spine ).[] […] may cause widening *Soft tissue emphysema- Tracheal laceration, pneumomediastinum or pneumothorax may cause gas to be seen in the soft tissues of the neck 21 Dislocations[] If there are neurological symptoms or signs (but no spinal cord injury), the x-rays are abnormal or the patient remains in significant pain, refer to the ED duty doctor (see[]

  • Torticollis

    .: Pediatric X-ray diagnosis Herring J.A.[] […] important cause of acquired torticollis in children Non-traumatic atlantoaxial subluxation is called “Grisel Syndrome” Etiology: Believed to be caused by retropharyngeal edema[] Plain X-rays, CT scans or MRI of the cervical spine may be needed to evaluate for bone trauma, suspected C1-C2 subluxation, congenital bony abnormalities or osteomyelitis.[]

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