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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2022, 10(1), 5-6
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-10-1-2
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Eagle Syndrome Unmasked by Acute Parotitis

Kara Anderson1, Dennis Cole2 and Lynne Goebel3,

1Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, Rochester, MN, USA

2Vascular Neurology, HCA Tristar Neurosciences, Nashville, TN, USA

3Internal Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, USA

Pub. Date: November 19, 2021

Cite this paper:
Kara Anderson, Dennis Cole and Lynne Goebel. Eagle Syndrome Unmasked by Acute Parotitis. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2022; 10(1):5-6. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-10-1-2


Eagle Syndrome is elongation of the styloid process or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament that causes chronic neck and throat pain often precipitated by turning the head and frequently requires surgical treatment. However, Eagle Syndrome can also present acutely due to infections of the head and neck. In these cases, treatment of the infection with antibiotics and steroids can resolve symptoms. We highlight a case in which the patient developed acute parotitis and the cervicofacial soft tissue edema from infection caused the patient to have symptomatic Eagle Syndrome with throat pain and dysphagia due to a previously asymptomatic ossified stylohyoid ligament. Including Eagle Syndrome as part of the differential resulted in a non-surgical treatment plan with full remission of the patient’s symptoms.

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