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Minerva Stomatologica 2014 October;63(10):361-7

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Orofacial pain and Eagle Syndrome: cues from a clinical series

Ciorba A., Savini S., Morolli F., Malagò M., Bianchini C., Pelucchi S., Pastore A.

ENT and Audiology Department, University Hospital of Ferrara, Italy


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AIM: Watt Eagle, firstly described the Elongated Stylohyoid Process Syndrome (ESPS), or Eagle Syndrome, in 1937. Since then, several authors have further studied this syndrome and some classifications have been proposed in relation to signs, symptoms and etiopathogenesis. Aim of this paper was to present the clinical features of a cohort of patients affected by Eagle syndrome that underwent surgical treatment.
METHODS: Retrospective study. A cohort of ten patients that underwent surgical intervention for Eagle syndrome from January 2000 to December 2012 has been selected. For each subject, medical history, clinical features, treatment and follow-up after surgery were evaluated.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The surgical treatment resulted effective in 8 of 10 patients. Two patients are still complaining neck pain, although the discomfort has a lower grade and is pharmacologically controllable. Although rare, Eagle’s Syndrome should be always considered in the differential diagnosis in patients with chronic orofacial pain refractory to conventional treatments.

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