Unveiling the hidden eagle: Acute parotitis-induced Eagle syndrome

Nitipong Permpalung, Promporn Suksaranjit, Daych Chongnarungsin, Charles L. Hyman

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Context: A cervicofacial pain and foreign body sensation in pharynx associated with styloid process elongation is called Eagle syndrome. Typically, this syndrome is provoked by tonsillectomy or trauma. We report the first case of acute parotitis-induced Eagle syndrome. Case Report: A 65-year-old woman presented with right facial pain. CT scan of neck revealed asymmetric enhancement of the right parotid gland compatible with acute parotitis. All inflammation was resolved with antibiotics. However, the patient complained of pain in right mandibular region out of proportion to inflammation. Review CT found to have an asymmetrically long right styloid process measures. The diagnosis of acute parotitis-induced Eagle syndrome was established. Conclusion: Physicians should have a high index of suspicion for Eagle syndrome in patients with atypical neck pain and elongated styloid process since another significant manifestation of Eagle syndrome is carotid artery compression leading to recurrent syncope or stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalNorth American Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Eagle syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Parotitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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