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July 1972

Symptomatic Elongated Styloid: Case Report and Review of Surgical Technique

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(1):84-85. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090122019

The syndrome of symptomatic elongated styloid process was first described by Eagle in 1937. Symptoms vary from slight throat discomfort to severe ear pain, odynophagia, and symptoms which mimic a glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Diagnosis depends on reproduction of the patient's pain by palpation of the styloid prominence in the tonsillar fossa. Definitive treatment is surgical resection of the styloid.