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Eagle's syndrome (Watt Weems Eagle)

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The elongation of the styloid process and stylohyoid ligament calcification. The tissues in the throat rub on the styloid process, which is a spike-like projection sticking off the base of the skull, during the act of swallowing with resulting pain along the glossopharyngeal nerve. There is also pain upon turning the head or extending the tongue. Other symptoms may include voice alteration, cough, dizziness, sinusitis or bloodshot eyes.


  • W. W. Eagle:
    Elongated styloid process.
    Archives of Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1937, 25: 584-587 Elongated styloid processes: report of two cases.
    Archives of Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1937, 25: 584–587. Elongated styloid process: further observations and a new syndrome.
    Archives of Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1948, 47: 630–640. Symptomatic elongated styloid proces: report of two cases of styloid process-carotid artery syndrome with operation.
    Archives of Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1949; 49: 490-503. Elongated styloid process: symptoms and treatment.
    Archives of Otolaryngology, Chicago, 1958, 64: 172-176 The symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the elongated styloid process.
    The American Surgeon, Philadelphia, 1962, 28: 1-5.

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