The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Oropharyngeal anthrax*

N. Navacharoena1 c1, T. Sirisanthanaa2, W. Navacharoena2 and K. Ruckphaopunta1

a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

a2 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang mai, Thailand.

Abstract

The first bacteriologically confirmed case of oropharyngeal anthrax is described. A 59-year-old male patient presented with sore throat and extensive swelling of the neck and anterior chest wall five hours after the ingestion of uncooked water buffalo meat. Marked inflammation of the oropharynx and a small necrotic area in the left tonsil were found. Culture taken from this area grew Bacillus anthracis. In anthrax-susceptible areas, this acute illness should be added to the differential diagnoses of inflammatory lesion of the oropharynx with extensive neck swelling.

Correspondence:

c1 Niramon Navacharoen, M. D., Department of Otolaryngology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Footnotes

* Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Otolaryngology Society of Thailand, Bangkok, 25 July 1982.