Type of Article:  Case Report

Volume 6; Issue 2.1 (April 2018)

Page No.: 5101-5103

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2018.126


Guarna M *1, Aglianò M 1.

*1 Department of Medical,Surgical Sciences and Neuroscience, University of Siena, Italy.

Address for correspondence: Massimo Guarna,MD Assistant Professor, Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and Neuroscience, University of Siena, Italy. E-Mail: guarna@unisi.it


The styloid process of the temporal bone  is an elongated   bony projection  presenting a variable length as demonstrated in osteometric and radiological studies conducted with different techniques: three-dimensional computed tomography (3dct) or dental panoramic three-dimensional scanning. An elongated styloid process can cause neck pain , dysphagia, headache, sore throat, ear pain, mandibular dysfunction which characterize Eagle’s syndrome. Here  we present a rare image of an abnormally long styloid process with ossification of left stylohyoid  ligament  belonging to a bone collection of the  local anatomical museum , part of  our department, and discovered during routine osteology  classes .Also if  a  direct relation between the length of the styloid process and  syndrome  of Eagle  is not always obvious ,radiologists , neurologists,neurosurgeons, dentists, anesthetists  and  otolaryngologists could be aware of this bone anomaly  to diagnose this syndrome.

Key words: Elongated styloid process, Stylohyoid ligament, Ossification, Eagle syndrome.


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Cite this article: Guarna M, Aglianò M. AN ABNORMALLY LONG STYLOID PROCESS WITH OSSIFICATION OF THE STYLOHYOID LIGAMENT. Int J Anat Res 2018;6(2.1):5101-5103. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2018.126