J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2010 Dec;45(6):486-489. 10.4055/jkoa.2010.45.6.486.

Acute Calcific Tendinitis of the Longus Colli Muscle in the Cervical Spine

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  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chonbuk National Univeristy School of Medicine, Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea. osdr2815@naver.com

Abstract

Acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle in the cervical spine is an uncommon benign condition caused by calcium hydroxyapatite deposition in its tendon and a subsequent inflammation. Clinical diagnosis is difficult because its incidence is rare and it can be misdiagnosed as retropharyngeal abscess, traumatic cervical spine injury, or infectious spondylitis. Therefore, a definitive diagnosis requires evaluation of the plain radiogram and a combination of CT and MR imaging. In this report we describe a case with calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle with satisfactory results after conservative treatment.

Keyword

calcific tendinitis; longus colli muscle; calcium hydroxyapatite
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