Neck tongue syndrome

Neck tongue syndrome (NTS) is rare and comprises altered sensation in one side of the tongue aggravated by neck movement, with ipsilateral neck pain 1

NTS is seen in a wide range of ages but is more commonly reported in older children and young adults 1-3

Patients present with episodic, often severe upper cervical and occipital pain with associate symptoms in the ipsilateral tongue, including numbness, pseudoathetosis, dysarthria, and lingual paralysis. Neck movement agrevates the condition 1-3

NTS is believed to be due to damage to lingual afferent fibres travelling in the hypoglossal nerve to the C2 spinal roots, possibly due to subluxation of the lateral C1/2 joints 1-3. It is divided into 3

  • complicated NTS: underlying disease process (inflammatory or degenerative) can be identified
  • uncomplicated NTS: idiopathic or trauma-related
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rID: 27336
Section: Syndromes
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Neck tongue syndrome (NTS)

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