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Clinical Note
July 2012

Acute Calcific Longus Colli TendinitisAn Unusual Location and Presentation

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan (Mr Boikov); and Departments of Radiology (Drs Griffith, Stemer, and Jain) and Neurosurgery (Dr Jain), Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(7):676-679. doi:10.1001/archoto.2012.910

Acute calcific longus colli tendinitis (LCT) has been reported as an unusual cause of acute-onset neck pain, dysphagia, and headache.15 As described in most of the published reports, LCT traditionally manifests on computed tomography (CT) imaging as paramidline calcium hydroxyapatite crystal deposits anterior to the C1 and C2 vertebral bodies. However, recent studies have brought attention to the disease existing at the C4-C5 and C5-C6 levels.6,7 Acute LCT is considered relatively benign, typically resolving on its own within several weeks.

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