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  • Otolaryngology 2014, Vol 4(1): 154
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000154

Giant Cystic Parathyroid Adenoma Masquerading as a Retropharyngeal Abscess

Diom ES1*, Fagan JJ2 and Dhirendra Govender3
1Otolaryngologist, Dakar, , Senegal
2Professor and Chairman, Division of Otolaryngology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, , South Africa
3Professor and Chairman, Division of Anatomical Pathology University of Cape Town, Cape Town, , South Africa
*Corresponding Author : Diom ES, Otolaryngologist, Dakar, Senegal, Tel: +27 21 650 9111, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Sep 05, 2013 / Accepted Date: Jan 09, 2014 / Published Date: Jan 17, 2014


Objective: A case report of a retropharyngeal cystic parathyroid adenoma and a review of its embryology, differential diagnosis and management are presented.

Material and Method: A 34-year-old woman presented with a 2-year history of a right-sided discrete, cystic, submucosal cervical mass displacing the oropharynx anteriorly. MRI showed a large, cystic hyperdense mass occupying the parapharyngeal and retropharyngeal spaces. Surgical resection revealed a right-sided multinodular neck mass originating from the thyroid gland and extending along the prevertebral space and towards the contralateral neck, displacing the pharynx and larynx. Histology was consistent with a cystic parathyroidadenoma.

Discussion: Cystic parathyroid adenoma has rarely been reported and may mimic a retropharyngeal abscess. The unusual location of parathyroid tissue can be explained by its origin from ectopic superior parathyroid glands or tumor extension from parathyroid glands intothe retropharyngeal space.

Conclusion:The differential diagnosis of a retropharyngeal mass should include parathyroid tumours.

Keywords: Parathyroid adenoma, Ectopic parathyroid, Retropharyngeal space, Retropharyngeal abscess

Citation: Diom ES, Fagan JJ, Govender D (2014) Giant Cystic Parathyroid Adenoma Masquerading as a Retropharyngeal Abscess. Otolaryngology 4:154. Doi: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000154

Copyright: © 2014 Diom ES, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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