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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2003;33(3): 317-319.
Acute Calcific Retropharyngeal Tendinitis: Case Report.
In Uk Lyo, Young Kim, Hwa Kyung Yu, Seong Ki Ahn
1Department of Neurosurgery, Ulsan University Hospital, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Korea.
2Department of Otolaryngology, Ulsan University Hospital, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Korea.
3Department of Otolaryngology, Gyeongsang National University College of Medicine, Jinju, Korea.
Acute calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis, also known as calcific tendinitis of the longus colli, is an underrecognized inflammatory condition by deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite in the tendon fibers of the longus colli muscles. This disease entity may occur in any part of the body, however, rarely occur in the prevertebral musculature. Symptoms and signs of this disease are neck pain and stiffness associated with odynophagia and retropharyngeal soft tissue swelling. Because of self-limiting disease, the symptoms resolve usually with or without anti-inflammatory medication and analgesics within days or weeks. We report a case of acute calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis with a reviews of the related literatures.
Key Words: Retropharynx; Calcification; Tendinitis
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