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Acute Calcific Longus Colli Tendonitis
C. Douglas Phillips, MD, FACR
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            • Diagnostic Checklist

              TERMINOLOGY

              • Synonyms

                • Acute calcific prevertebral tendonitis, longus colli tendonitis
                • Tendonitis = tendinitis
              • Definitions

                • Inflammatory condition due to calcium hydroxyapatite deposition in longus colli tendon

              IMAGING

              • General Features

                • Radiographic Findings

                  • CT Findings

                    • MR Findings

                      • Imaging Recommendations

                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                          PATHOLOGY

                          • General Features

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                        Selected References

                                        1. Silva CF et al: Acute prevertebral calcific tendinitis: a source of non-surgical acute cervical pain. Acta Radiol. 55(1):91-4, 2014
                                        2. Paik NC et al: Tendinitis of longus colli: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical spectra of 9 cases. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 36(6):755-61, 2012
                                        3. Offiah CE et al: Acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle: spectrum of CT appearances and anatomical correlation. Br J Radiol. 82(978):e117-21, 2009
                                        4. Harnier S et al: Retropharyngeal tendinitis: a rare differential diagnosis of severe headaches and neck pain. Headache. 48(1):158-61, 2008
                                        5. Southwell K et al: Acute longus colli calcific tendonitis causing neck pain and dysphagia. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 138(3):405-6, 2008
                                        6. Gelineck J et al: Retropharyngeal tendinitis: radiographic and magnetic resonance imaging findings. Acta Radiol. 47(8):806-9, 2006
                                        7. Mihmanli I et al: Inflammation of vertebral bone associated with acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle. Neuroradiology. 43(12):1098-101, 2001
                                        8. Eastwood JD et al: Retropharyngeal effusion in acute calcific prevertebral tendinitis: diagnosis with CT and MR imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(9):1789-92, 1998
                                        9. Ring D et al: Acute calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis. Clinical presentation and pathological characterization. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 76(11):1636-42, 1994
                                        10. Artenian DJ et al: Acute neck pain due to tendonitis of the longus colli: CT and MRI findings. Neuroradiology. 31(2):166-9, 1989
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                                        KEY FACTS

                                        • Terminology

                                          • Imaging

                                            • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                              • Pathology

                                                • Clinical Issues

                                                  • Diagnostic Checklist

                                                    TERMINOLOGY

                                                    • Synonyms

                                                      • Acute calcific prevertebral tendonitis, longus colli tendonitis
                                                      • Tendonitis = tendinitis
                                                    • Definitions

                                                      • Inflammatory condition due to calcium hydroxyapatite deposition in longus colli tendon

                                                    IMAGING

                                                    • General Features

                                                      • Radiographic Findings

                                                        • CT Findings

                                                          • MR Findings

                                                            • Imaging Recommendations

                                                              DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                PATHOLOGY

                                                                • General Features

                                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                  • Presentation

                                                                    • Demographics

                                                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                        • Treatment

                                                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                          • Consider

                                                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                              Selected References

                                                                              1. Silva CF et al: Acute prevertebral calcific tendinitis: a source of non-surgical acute cervical pain. Acta Radiol. 55(1):91-4, 2014
                                                                              2. Paik NC et al: Tendinitis of longus colli: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical spectra of 9 cases. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 36(6):755-61, 2012
                                                                              3. Offiah CE et al: Acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle: spectrum of CT appearances and anatomical correlation. Br J Radiol. 82(978):e117-21, 2009
                                                                              4. Harnier S et al: Retropharyngeal tendinitis: a rare differential diagnosis of severe headaches and neck pain. Headache. 48(1):158-61, 2008
                                                                              5. Southwell K et al: Acute longus colli calcific tendonitis causing neck pain and dysphagia. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 138(3):405-6, 2008
                                                                              6. Gelineck J et al: Retropharyngeal tendinitis: radiographic and magnetic resonance imaging findings. Acta Radiol. 47(8):806-9, 2006
                                                                              7. Mihmanli I et al: Inflammation of vertebral bone associated with acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle. Neuroradiology. 43(12):1098-101, 2001
                                                                              8. Eastwood JD et al: Retropharyngeal effusion in acute calcific prevertebral tendinitis: diagnosis with CT and MR imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 19(9):1789-92, 1998
                                                                              9. Ring D et al: Acute calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis. Clinical presentation and pathological characterization. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 76(11):1636-42, 1994
                                                                              10. Artenian DJ et al: Acute neck pain due to tendonitis of the longus colli: CT and MRI findings. Neuroradiology. 31(2):166-9, 1989