Turkish Neurosurgery
Eagle syndrome presented with neurological symptoms
elçin aydın1, Hüseyin Quliyev2, Celal Çınar2, Halil Bozkaya2, İsmail Oran2
1başkent üniversitesi, radyoloji, izmir,
2ege university, radiology, izmir,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.17905-16.6

Aim:Eagle syndrome is a rare entity that causes recurrent throat pain, neck pain, dysphagia, or facial pain by elongated styloid process or calcified stylohyoid ligament. Clinical findings related to the lower cranial nerves compression have also been reported. In some cases it is reported that carotid artery compression or dissection can be seen due to elongated styloid process and it is called carotid artery syndrome. Carotid artery compression causes flow reduction and carotidynia or neurological symptoms can be seen. Dural sinuses and jugular vein can be compressed. Eagle syndrome with neurologic symptoms has been reported rarely.Material and Methods:Five cases, aged 22-68 years, admitted to hospital with different neurological symptoms were reviewed retrospectively. Each patient underwent computed tomography (CT) and revealed long styloid process.Results:Elonged styloid process can be caused neurologic symptoms.Conclusion:Eagle syndrome may be presented with neurological symptoms. It would be kept in mind in differential diagnosis in case of neurological symptoms without any objective etiological factors. To the best of our knowledge, the neurologic symptoms of cases in which arterial and venous compression due to enlonged styloid process have not been presented in the literature before.

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