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Am J Emerg Med. 2012 May;30(4):636.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2011.02.004. Epub 2011 Apr 22.

Atraumatic neck pain and rigidity: a case of calcific retropharyngeal tendonitis.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA. jmartindale@partners.org

Abstract

Neck pain with associated rigidity is a concerning clinical presentation that emergency physicians encounter regularly.We present the case of a 58-year-old man with acute neck pain, worsened by movement and swallowing, that was found to be secondary to acute calcific retropharyngeal tendonitis. Patients with severe neck pain, neck stiffness, and odynophagia may have this condition. The diagnosis can be confirmed with imaging, and response to conservative treatment is often dramatic.

PMID:
21514765
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajem.2011.02.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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