Acute Longus Colli Calcific Tendinitis: A Rare Cause of Neck Pain

  • Nicolas Frei University Hospital Basel, Department of Emergency Medicine, Basel, Switzerland
  • Nicolas Bless University Hospital Basel, Department of Emergency Medicine, Basel, Switzerland

Keywords

Retropharyngeal swelling, prevertebral fluid collection, inflammatory neck pain

Abstract

A 48-year-old man presented to our emergency department with neck pain without sensorimotor deficit and with a sore throat without signs of infection. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed because the patient had not responded to regular treatment and a blood test had showed inflammation. The images revealed cervical prevertebral fluid collection and calcification, compatible with acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle. Prednisolone 50 mg with pantoprazol 40 mg was administered for 5 days with rapid resolution of symptoms. Acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle is a rare and possibly underdiagnosed cause of atypical neck pain and sore throat.

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  • Published: 2019-08-02

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    How to cite:
    Frei, N., & Bless, N. (2019). Acute Longus Colli Calcific Tendinitis: A Rare Cause of Neck Pain. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2019_001126