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A woman with sudden-onset facial oedema
  1. Takashi Fujiwara1,
  2. Akira Kuriyama2,
  3. Taro Shimizu3
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Ehime University, Ehime, Japan
  2. 2Department of General Medicine, Kurashiki Central Hospital, Okayama, Japan
  3. 3Department of General Internal Medicine, Hikarigaoka Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Takashi Fujiwara, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Ehime University School of Medicine, ShitsukawaToon City, Ehime 791-0295, Japan; t.fujiwarabi{at}

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An 84-year-old woman presented with acute facial oedema that developed suddenly 2 h prior to the visit. She had no particular medical history, no episode of neck injury, nor was she on any anticoagulant or antiplatelet agent. CT showed a pharyngeal mass (figure 1), which was confirmed as a retropharyngeal haematoma with a nasopharyngeal fiberscope (figure 2). A clinical …

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