Retropharyngeal hematoma as a new cause of acute upper airway obstruction in rheumatoid arthritis.
A patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving chronic anticoagulation therapy developed acute life threatening airway obstruction. The source of obstruction was a retropharyngeal hematoma compressing the upper airway rather than acute laryngeal dysfunction from the patient's RA. Our case illustrates a new cause of acute stridor and airway obstruction in RA. Publications on upper airway obstruction in RA and airway obstruction secondary to retropharyngeal hematoma are discussed.
The Journal of rheumatology
Thatcher, J., & George, D. L. (1987). Retropharyngeal hematoma as a new cause of acute upper airway obstruction in rheumatoid arthritis.. The Journal of rheumatology, 14 (6), 1172-1173. Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.towerhealth.org/gme_int_med_resident_program_read/422