Definition of Syndrome, Eagle

Syndrome, Eagle: Inflammation of the styloid process, a spike-like projection sticking off the base of the skull. The tissues in the throat rub on this structure during the act of swallowing causing pain. The diagnosis of Eagle syndrome is made by history and an x-ray showing the abnormal styloid process.

Anti-inflammatory drugs are the first line of treatment although surgical removal of the styloid process may be needed.


Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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