BMJ Case Reports 2009; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2009.1520
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Torticollis with tonsillitis. Is imaging necessary?

  1. Nikila Pandya,
  2. R Jayalakshmi,
  3. Eleni Daykin,
  4. George Worley
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 0EZ, UK
  1. Nikila Pandya, nikilapandya{at}
  • Published 21 May 2009

Tonsillitis can be complicated by a retropharyngeal abscess. It causes cervical pain, torticollis, swelling, inability to extend the neck and stridor. Throat examination is often difficult in severe trismus. In patients with tonsillitis complicated with torticollis, early imaging is important in ruling out retropharyngeal collections.

A 6-year-old boy presented with a sore throat, trismus, left-sided neck swelling and pain. …

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