Title

Acute Calcific Tendonitis of the Longus Colli: An Uncommon Cause of Neck Pain in the Emergency Department

Division

East Florida

Hospital

Aventura

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

7-20-2020

Keywords

acute calcific tendonitis, neck pain, sports medicine, orthopedics, emergency medicine, longus colli

Disciplines

Emergency Medicine | Orthopedics | Sports Medicine

Abstract

The longus colli muscle has three major parts that originate and insert in the upper cervical and thoracic spine. It is a weak flexor of the neck, and when contracted also serves to rotate the neck to the ipsilateral side. It is innervated by the anterior rami of the C2-C6 spinal nerves and receives its blood supply from the anterior cervical and inferior thyroid arteries. In a post motor vehicle collision (MVC) patients presenting weeks later, the physician has to ensure there is no subacute fracture. Clinically, these patients present with severe anterior neck pain that will often be described as a deep pain.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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