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Longus Colli Calcific Tendinitis
Lubdha M. Shah, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Synonyms

              • Calcific prevertebral/retropharyngeal tendinitis
            • Definitions

              • Deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals in superior oblique tendon fibers of longus colli muscle

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • MR Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                            • Microscopic Features

                              CLINICAL ISSUES

                              • Presentation

                                • Demographics

                                  • Natural History & Prognosis

                                    • Treatment

                                      Selected References

                                      1. Boikov AS et al: Acute calcific longus colli tendinitis: an unusual location and presentation. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 138(7):676-9, 2012
                                      2. Pope LE et al: Radiology quiz case 1. Calcific prevertebral tendinitis (also known as calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis and calcific tendinitis of the longus colli). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 137(9):953, 954, 2011
                                      3. Park SY et al: Acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: a case report with unusual location of calcification. Skeletal Radiol. 39(8):817-20, 2010
                                      4. Chung T et al: Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: case report and review of literature. Emerg Radiol. 11(6):375-80, 2005
                                      5. Diaw AM et al: Calcium hydroxyapatite deposition disease of the neck: finding in three patients. J Belge Radiol. 81(2):73-4, 1998
                                      6. Claudepierre P et al: Misleading clinical aspects of hydroxyapatite deposits: a series of 15 cases. J Rheumatol. 24(3):531-5, 1997
                                      7. De Maeseneer M et al: Calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle. Head Neck. 19(6):545-8, 1997
                                      8. Smith RV et al: Hydroxyapatite deposition disease: an uncommon cause of acute odynophagia. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 114(2):321-3, 1996
                                      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. Hall FM et al: Calcific tendinitis of the longus coli: diagnosis by CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 147(4):742-3, 1986
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                                      References
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                                      Tables

                                      KEY FACTS

                                      • Terminology

                                        • Imaging

                                          • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                            • Pathology

                                              • Clinical Issues

                                                TERMINOLOGY

                                                • Synonyms

                                                  • Calcific prevertebral/retropharyngeal tendinitis
                                                • Definitions

                                                  • Deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals in superior oblique tendon fibers of longus colli muscle

                                                IMAGING

                                                • General Features

                                                  • Radiographic Findings

                                                    • CT Findings

                                                      • MR Findings

                                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                                          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                            PATHOLOGY

                                                            • General Features

                                                              • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                • Microscopic Features

                                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                  • Presentation

                                                                    • Demographics

                                                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                        • Treatment

                                                                          Selected References

                                                                          1. Boikov AS et al: Acute calcific longus colli tendinitis: an unusual location and presentation. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 138(7):676-9, 2012
                                                                          2. Pope LE et al: Radiology quiz case 1. Calcific prevertebral tendinitis (also known as calcific retropharyngeal tendinitis and calcific tendinitis of the longus colli). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 137(9):953, 954, 2011
                                                                          3. Park SY et al: Acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: a case report with unusual location of calcification. Skeletal Radiol. 39(8):817-20, 2010
                                                                          4. Chung T et al: Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: case report and review of literature. Emerg Radiol. 11(6):375-80, 2005
                                                                          5. Diaw AM et al: Calcium hydroxyapatite deposition disease of the neck: finding in three patients. J Belge Radiol. 81(2):73-4, 1998
                                                                          6. Claudepierre P et al: Misleading clinical aspects of hydroxyapatite deposits: a series of 15 cases. J Rheumatol. 24(3):531-5, 1997
                                                                          7. De Maeseneer M et al: Calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle. Head Neck. 19(6):545-8, 1997
                                                                          8. Smith RV et al: Hydroxyapatite deposition disease: an uncommon cause of acute odynophagia. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 114(2):321-3, 1996
                                                                          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. Hall FM et al: Calcific tendinitis of the longus coli: diagnosis by CT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 147(4):742-3, 1986