Osteoradionecrosis of the hyoid presenting as a cause of intractable neck pain following radiotherapy and the role of magnetic resonance image scanning to aid diagnosis

J Laryngol Otol. 2003 Dec;117(12):1003-5. doi: 10.1258/002221503322683975.


Osteoradionecrosis of the hyoid has been reported rarely in the worldwide literature. We present the case of a 56-year-old gentleman who presented with intractable neck pain, following surgery and radiotherapy for a T(2)N(2c)M(0) tongue base carcinoma, to highlight the need to consider osteoradionecrosis of the hyoid rather than recurrence of the carcinoma as the cause of such symptoms. The previously unreported appearance of osteoradionecrosis of the hyoid on a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan and the use of this investigation to aid diagnosis is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Hyoid Bone / pathology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck Pain / etiology*
  • Osteoradionecrosis / complications*
  • Osteoradionecrosis / diagnosis*
  • Pain, Intractable / etiology*
  • Tongue Neoplasms / radiotherapy