Title

Diphtheria re-emerges in the unimmunized.

Division

South Atlantic

Hospital

Coliseum

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

12-10-2020

Keywords

Cervical lymphadenopathy, Diphtheria, Pharyngitis

Disciplines

Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine

Abstract

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.

Publisher or Conference

IDCases

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