Acute retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis: a case report with unusual location of calcification

Skeletal Radiol. 2010 Aug;39(8):817-20. doi: 10.1007/s00256-010-0879-3. Epub 2010 Feb 19.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess / diagnostic imaging
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis*