Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis is an inflammatory process caused by calcium hydroxyapatite crystal deposition in the longus colli tendon of the prevertebral space, and it may mimic a retropharyngeal infection or abscess. The diagnosis of retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis will be made radiologically by the detection of calcifications anterior to C1-C3 and prevertebral soft tissue swelling. We present a case of acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis with an unusual location of calcification anterior to the C5-C6 disc.
- Calcific tendinitis
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Retropharyngeal infection
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging