E1697. Head and Neck Manifestations of Systemic Disease
  1. Kyle Werth; UW Health University Hospital
  2. Tabassum Kennedy; UW Health University Hospital
There are numerous multi-systemic disease processes that have imaging findings within the head and neck, which can either be an initial manifestation of a systemic diagnosis or sequelae of a known disease. The imaging findings can be focal or diffuse, and these cases can oftentimes be a diagnostic conundrum for radiologists as many of these diseases can appear very similar to infectious processes. Radiologists can play a pivotal role in the diagnostic work-up and outcomes of patients with underlying systemic illness by recognizing key imaging features and helping to circumvent possible complications or emergencies related to the systemic disease. The purpose of this electronic educational exhibit is to familiarize radiologists with the various imaging presentations of different multi-systemic diseases by utilizing a case-based approach.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
1) Review pathophysiology and imaging findings associated with various multi-systemic disease processes that have manifestations in the head and neck. 2) Review expected patterns of disease that will allow radiologists to look for clues to aid in the diagnostic work-up of a patient with systemic disease.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
This electronic educational exhibit will review the pathophysiologic issues and imaging findings related to various multi-systemic disease processes, including rheumatologic conditions, mucociliary disease, metabolic and bone disorders, as well as disorders of immunodeficiency and tumor syndromes.

It is imperative for the interpreting radiologist to be aware of imaging findings in the head and neck related to common and uncommon multi-systemic diseases. The goal of this exhibit is to educate radiologists on possible head and neck manifestations of multi-systemic disease processes while also reviewing their pathophysiology. Accurate recognition of these findings is important for further care of the patient as well as avoiding potential head and neck complications or emergencies that may result if unrecognized.