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Longus colli tendinitis: acute neck pain with retropharyngeal swelling
  1. Wan Qi Lim and
  2. Eu Chin Ho
  1. Otorhinolaryngology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wan Qi Lim; wanqi.lim{at}


Longus colli tendinitis (LCT) has been described in several case reports, and is likely underdiagnosed due to its non-specific symptoms and self-limiting nature. It usually presents as acute neck pain with retropharyngeal swelling seen on nasoendoscopy and imaging studies. This may lead to unnecessary invasive interventions if physicians are unaware of the disease course. We discuss a case of LCT in a young woman who was treated at our institution, with recommendations on how to identify and treat such cases accurately without overtreatment.

  • Otolaryngology / ENT
  • Orthopaedics
  • General practice / family medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Radiology (diagnostics)

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  • Contributors WQL performed the literature review and analysis of the previous case reports and patient data, and was the main contributor towards writing of the manuscript. ECH was the attending physician who guided WQL through the process of writing this report, as well as some final editing. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.