Late prevertebral abscess following anterior cervical plating: the missing screw.

@article{MartnezLage2007LatePA,
  title={Late prevertebral abscess following anterior cervical plating: the missing screw.},
  author={Juan F Mart{\'i}nez-Lage and Mat{\'i}as Felipe-Murcia and Laura Mart{\'i}nez-Lage Azor{\'i}n},
  journal={Neurocirugia},
  year={2007},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={111-4}
}
A 51-year-old man underwent a C5-C7 anterior decompression and fusion. Six years later the patient complained of dysphagia caused by displacement of the cervical plate. One week after the scheduled removal of the implanted material, the patient developed a painful cervical swelling and fever. His cervical radiographs showed that a screw was missing compared to previous studies. Computerized tomography showed a large prevertebral abscess anterior to C4-C7. He underwent emergency surgical… CONTINUE READING