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Images in Neurology
February 2006

Eagle Syndrome: An Unusual Cause of Head and Neck Pain

Arch Neurol. 2006;63(2):294. doi:10.1001/archneur.63.2.294

Eagle syndrome is characterized by recurrent pain in the oropharynx and face due to an elongated styloid process or calcified stylohyoid ligament.1 It must be differentiated from glossopharyngeal neuralgia. We aim to bring Eagle syndrome to the attention of neurologists because it is underrepresented in neurological literature. We present a case of a man with left mastoid pain; computed tomographic scan revealed extensive stylohyoid ligament ossification bilaterally. With appropriate clinical history and radiography, Eagle syndrome can usually be identified and treated.

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