Clinical communication: Adult| Volume 41, ISSUE 2, P151-153, August 2011

A Severe Sore Throat in a Middle-Aged Man: Calcific Tendonitis of the Longus Colli Tendon

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      Background: Neck pain is a common presentation to the Emergency Department (ED), requiring appropriate evaluation to exclude serious pathology. Objectives: To review an atypical clinical presentation of neck pain and to distinguish this case and its associated radiographic features from more common clinical entities. Case Report: We present an ED case of calcific tendonitis of the longus coli muscle. Summary: Acute calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis is a rare, benign etiology of non-traumatic neck pain that is poorly recognized and often mistaken for other conditions secondary to infection or trauma. The importance of this disorder, as well as a review of the literature on the subject, is presented.


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