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Eagle syndrome and carotid artery dissection: a rare skull base cause of stroke
  1. Shaun Selvadurai1,
  2. Andrew Williamson2,
  3. Jagdeep S Virk1,2 and
  4. Peter Clarke2
  1. 1Otolaryngology, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Otolaryngology, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Shaun Selvadurai; shaun.selvadurai{at}


Eagle’s syndrome is a rare collection of symptoms that occur secondary to an elongated styloid process or calcified stylohyoid ligament irritating its surrounding structures. Classically, this presents as unilateral throat pain or rarely, as acute neurological symptoms secondary to compression of the internal carotid artery: so called ‘stylocarotid syndrome’. Significant neurological events in teenagers, secondary to Eagle syndrome have not been reported. We discuss the rare case of a teenage boy, diagnosed with right internal carotid artery dissection and middle cerebral artery infarction, with no cause initially identified. Following further admission with a transient neurological episode, he was noted to have elongated styloid processes with the right abutting the site of carotid dissection. He underwent styloidectomy and has since remained symptom free. This case highlights the importance of considering anatomical variants when assessing young patients with neurological symptoms, and the potential morbidity and mortality benefit that early surgical intervention may have.

  • neurological injury
  • stroke
  • otolaryngology / ENT
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors SS edited and assisted drafting manuscript. AW edited and assisted drafting manuscript. JV, senior author, operated on patient, reviewed and edited manuscript. PC, senior author, operated on patient, reviewed and edited manuscript.

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