Pyriform fossa sinus tracts classically present with neck abscess, recurrent infections and suppurative thyroiditis in children; acute presentation in a geriatric patient is rare.
Case report and Medline literature review.
A 79-year-old female presented with a left-sided neck mass and severe odynophagia of 3 days’ duration. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large-volume, loculated fluid collection extending throughout the deep spaces of the neck on the left, within and around the thyroid gland capsule. There was radiological evidence of internal jugular vein thrombophlebitis. Abscess incision and drainage, and endoscopic evaluation, were performed. A deeply penetrating sinus was seen in the left pyriform apex, the entrance of which was circumferentially cauterised and the lumen obliterated with fibrin glue. Following post-operative intravenous antibiotics, the patient made a complete recovery.
This paper describes the first use of fibrin glue to obliterate a pyriform fossa sinus tract in an adult.
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