Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Eagle syndrome: A rare case of chronic cervical pain case report
Author(s): Vinodhini Periyasamy, Mamatha H, Muhammed Asif, MN Sree Ram
Abstract: Each temporal bone consists of four components, squamous, petromastoid and tympanic parts and styloid process. The styloid process is an elongated conical protuberance of the temporal bone that is located anterior to the mastoid process. A 38 year old man came to the outpatient unit complaining of discomfort and frequent pain in the neck region during swallowing, driving and playing outdoor games.Three-dimensional computed tomography reconstruction confirmed bilateral elongated styloid processes, measuring about 5.1 cm in length on the right side and 5.3 cm on the left side, from the level of the skull base to the hyoid, oriented adjacent to each other. A cervicofacial pain and foreign body sensation in pharynx connected with styloid process elongation is called Eagle syndrome. Treatment of Eagle syndrome is by both surgical and nonsurgical conservative approach.