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Acute Retropharyngeal Calcific Tendonitis as a Rare Cause of Odynophagia and Neck Pain [Medeniyet Med J]
Medeniyet Med J. 2021; 36(1): 75-79 | DOI: 10.5222/MMJ.2021.37539  

Acute Retropharyngeal Calcific Tendonitis as a Rare Cause of Odynophagia and Neck Pain

Prempreet Kaur Manjit Singh1, Muhammad Irsyad Mohamed Noor2, Rohaizam Jaafar2, Amali Ahmad3, Irfan Mohamad1
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia.
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, 50586 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3Department of Radiology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, 50586 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Retropharyngeal calcific tendonitis (RCT) is an aseptic inflammatory process of the superior oblique tendons of the longus colli muscle caused by the deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals. We reported a 23-year-old woman who presented with a sudden onset of neck pain with odynophagia after waking up from sleep. Physical examination showed paracervical point tenderness with limited neck movement in all directions. Prior to surgery, further imaging was requested to aid in diagnosis, which in turn revealed RCT. It is important to be aware that RCT presentation may mimic other severe conditions such as retropharyngeal space abscess or meningitis.

Keywords: Retropharyngeal calcific tendonitis, longus colli tendon, trismus, calcium hydroxyapatite crystal


Prempreet Kaur Manjit Singh, Muhammad Irsyad Mohamed Noor, Rohaizam Jaafar, Amali Ahmad, Irfan Mohamad. Acute Retropharyngeal Calcific Tendonitis as a Rare Cause of Odynophagia and Neck Pain. Medeniyet Med J. 2021; 36(1): 75-79

Corresponding Author: Irfan Mohamad, Malaysia


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