Actinomycosis of the post-cricoid space: an unusual cause of dysphagia
M. A. Syed M.B.B.S. a1, C. A. Ayshford F.R.C.S. a1, H. S. Uppal A.F.R.C.S.(Edin) a1andR. J. Cullen F.R.C.S. a1 a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK.
Cervicofacial actinomycosis is known to affect many soft tissues and bony structures in the head and neck. However to the authors’ knowledge, actinomycosis of the post-cricoid region has not been previously reported. A case of a 74-year-old male who developed actinomycosis of the post-cricoid region after radiotherapy for a laryngeal carcinoma is presented. Actinomycosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of dysphagia following radiotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx, as early treatment is likely to result in a favourable outcome.