Transoral Resection of Stylopharyngeus Calcification: A Unique Manifestation of a Stylohyoid Complex Syndrome

Rebecca J. Kamil, Nathan J. Gonik, Jimmy S. Lee, Keivan Shifteh, Richard V. Smith

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Abstract

Background: Eagle syndrome is often considered in the work-up of odynophagia and neck pain. Classically, this is manifested by ossification or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament or styloid process. There are no reported cases of stylopharyngeal calcification leading to these symptoms. Case: We describe a patient with a suspected submucosal pharyngeal foreign body who was found to have a calcified stylopharyngeus muscle and tendon during surgery. The patient experienced full resolution of symptoms after transoral robotic resection. This diagnosis was initially missed because the radiology was inconsistent with Eagle syndrome. Conclusion: This is the first report of isolated stylopharyngeal calcification, and this unique manifestation of a stylohyoid complex syndrome should be considered in patients with symptoms of Eagle syndrome without styloid elongation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume124
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Eagle syndrome
  • calcification
  • robotic
  • stylohyoid complex syndrome
  • styloid complex
  • stylopharyngeus
  • transoral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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