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A 12-year-old boy was admitted after 11 days of fever and 2 days of nasal obstruction as well as swelling of a right cervical lymph node. Nasal endoscopy and computed tomography of the neck showed a nasopharyngeal mass occupying the entire nasopharynx, extending into the nasal cavity, and obliterating the fossa of Rosenmuller. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed a small solitary splenic abscess. Although a nasopharyngeal tumor or malignancy was initially considered, biopsy of the mass showed only suppurative granulomatous inflammation, and bacterial culture from the enlarged cervical lymph node yielded Burkholderia pseudomallei. The symptoms, nasopharyngeal mass, and cervical lymph node enlargement resolved with melioidosis-directed antibiotic therapy. Although rarely reported, the nasopharynx may be an important primary site of infection in melioidosis patients, especially in pediatric patients. Copyright (c) 2023 Anand Mohan, Lee-Chian Yeong, Guhan Kumarasamy, Kamilah Manan.


Anand Mohan, Lee-Chian Yeong, Guhan Kumarasamy, Kamilah Manan. Nasopharyngeal melioidosis: a case report. Journal of infection in developing countries. 2023 Jun 30;17(6):886-890

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