Eagle syndrome

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Dysphagia and lateral neck pain

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

CT scans of the neck show the heavily ossified styloid process extending from the base of the skull anterolaterally and caudally to the hyoid bone  on both sides. Distal insertion of the calcified styloid into the anterolateral hyoid bone 

Annotated image

The styloid process normally measures 2.5–3 cm in length; when the length exceeds 3 cm, it is said to be elongated

Case Discussion

Eagle syndrome is a condition in which there is a painful sensation in the head and neck region due to elongation of the styloid process or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament.

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Case information

rID: 33602
Published: 1st Feb 2015
Last edited: 26th Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included