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Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis is an inflammatory process caused by calcium hydroxyapatite crystal deposition in the longus colli tendon of the prevertebral space, and it may mimic a retropharyngeal infection or abscess. The diagnosis of retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis will be made radiologically by the detection of calcifications anterior to C1-C3 and prevertebral soft tissue swelling. We present a case of acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis with an unusual location of calcification anterior to the C5-C6 disc.


So Young Park, Wook Jin, Sang Hun Lee, Ji Seon Park, Dal Mo Yang, Kyung Nam Ryu. Acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: a case report with unusual location of calcification. Skeletal radiology. 2010 Aug;39(8):817-20

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PMID: 20169344

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