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Med Leg J. 2017 Jun;85(2):103-104. doi: 10.1177/0025817217695139. Epub 2017 Jan 1.

A rare fatality due to calcified stylohyoid ligament (Eagle syndrome).

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1
1 Sierra Vista Regional Hospital, Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA.
2
2 Department of Forensic Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.
3
3 Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, India.

Abstract

The elongation or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament that leads to pressure symptoms, or entrapment of nearby glossopharyngeal nerve or carotid artery, is known as Eagle syndrome. A PubMed search leads to finding of rare fatality among the 49 reported cases. In the present case, the deceased was a 40-year-old male who choked on his food. We hypothesise that the impaction of food in the upper respiratory tract, as well as the inability to intubate the person, were both the result of the calcified stylohyoid ligament.

KEYWORDS:

Eagle syndrome; calcification; choking; stylohyoid ligament

PMID:
28508730
DOI:
10.1177/0025817217695139
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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