Pains in the neck

Lorraine Ng

A 4-year-old boy is brought into the ED by his parents because they noticed a swelling in his right neck this morning. He was complaining of a sore throat and some neck pain for the past couple of days and the parents didn’t think anything of it until this morning when they noticed the swelling. He has not had any fevers, difficulty swallowing, drooling, hoarseness or difficulty breathing. He has not received all of his vaccinations due to a viral illness during his last visit to the Pediatrician’s but the parents say he is an otherwise healthy child.

On exam, you note an area of erythema inferior to his right jawline that is tender and swollen. You place a probe on the patient’s neck, and obtain the following image.

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**Attention: Original questions posted on March 22, 2016 were revised on March 25, 2016.

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Lorraine Ng

Lorraine Ng

Assistant Clinical Professor and the Fellowship Director of the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center
Lorraine's academic interests are in emergency ultrasound and medical education. She is the editor for the Ultrasound Image of the Month series for PEMNetwork.
Lorraine Ng
Lorraine Ng

Lorraine Ng

Lorraine's academic interests are in emergency ultrasound and medical education. She is the editor for the Ultrasound Image of the Month series for PEMNetwork.