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Medeni Med J



Acute Retropharyngeal Calcific Tendonitis as a Rare Cause of Odynophagia and Neck Pain.


Singh P K M, Noor M I M, Jaafar R, Ahmad A, Mohamad I
Medeni Med J. 2021; 36(1):75-79.
PMID: 33828894.


Retropharyngeal calcific tendonitis (RCT) is an aseptic inflammatory process of the superior oblique tendons of the longus colli muscle caused by the deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals. We reported a 23-year-old woman who presented with a sudden onset of neck pain with odynophagia after waking up from sleep. Physical examination showed paracervical point tenderness with limited neck movement in all directions. Prior to surgery, further imaging was requested to aid in diagnosis, which in turn revealed RCT. It is important to be aware that RCT presentation may mimic other severe conditions such as retropharyngeal space abscess or meningitis.