Victoria Palmer September 5, 2017

Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, Ahead of Print. Osteomyelitis of the cervical spine is an exceedingly rare lesion in pediatric practice and is caused by a variety of mechanisms. The authors present a case in which cervical osteomyelitis presented in a delayed manner after the patient experienced a stable cervical extension injury at the C4–5 level. On review of the original images, the authors noted a likely perforation in the retropharyngeal space. This case highlights the risk of retropharyngeal injury in cervical trauma, with the seldom-seen complication of osteomyelitis as a result.

http://thejns.org/doi/abs/10.3171/2017.5.PEDS1777?mi=67t04w&af=R

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