Diphtheria re-emerges in the unimmunized.
Cervical lymphadenopathy, Diphtheria, Pharyngitis
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine
The authors present a case of a 33-year-old African American male with respiratory diphtheria. The patient was initially assumed to have a peritonsillar abscess before various laboratory tests. He complained of dysphagia, throat pain, and shortness of breath. The patient's physical examination, supported by video laryngoscopy imaging and a CT scan, showed swelling of his pharynx. The patient reports that he was recently incarcerated for one year and did not receive immunizations as a child. Following his diagnosis, the patient was treated and subsequently recovered.
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Anderson P, Solomon M, Ramlatchan S, Banerjee P, Ganti L. Diphtheria re-emerges in the unimmunized. IDCases. 2020;23:e01020. Published 2020 Dec 10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idcr.2020.e01020