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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 117-119

Eagle syndrome with multiple cranial nerve involvement

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India

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Dr. Raj Kumar Bedajit
Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphelpat, Imphal - 795 004, Manipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.141100

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Eagle's syndrome (ES) represents a group of symptoms that includes recurrent throat pain, dysphagia, referred otalgia and neck pain possibly caused by elongation of the styloid process or ossification of the stylohyoid ligament. It is typically seen in patients after pharyngeal trauma or tonsillectomy. An elongated styloid process occurs in about 4% of the general population, while only a small percentage (between 4-10.3%) of these patients are symptomatic. So the true incidence is about 0.16%, with a female-to-male predominance of 3:1. The symptoms related to this condition can be confused with those attributed to a wide variety of facial neuralgias. We describe the case of a 45-year-old woman who experienced unremitting left neck pain following parotidectomy. This case is being reported because of its unusual presentation, difficulty in diagnosis, its rarity in occurrence and for academic interest.

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