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IJHSR. 2014; 4(6): 212-215

Unusual Bilateral Elongation of Styloid Process in a Human Dry Skull: A Case Report.

Udaya Kumar P, Murali Krishna. S, Rajesh. V, Kalpana T, Sirisha V, Naveen Kumar B.

Aim: Aim of the present case is to report and describe a case of elongated styloid process and eagleís syndrome.
Case report: Styloid process is a bony projection situated anterioromedial to stylomastoid foramen, projecting downwards from the inferior surface of temporal bone. Elongation of styloid process draws attention due to its close proximity to important neuro muscular and vascular structures. Usually length of styloid process averages between 20 to 25 mm. In the present case the length of styloid process was observed to be 4.5cm on right side and 3.7 cm on left side which may lead to eaglesís syndrome.
Conclusion: Knowledge of eagle syndrome is important for surgeons and dentists to differentiate it from other syndromes such as costenís syndrome, trotterís syndrome and several other pharyngo-cranio-facial pain disorders.

Key words: styloid process, styloid apparatus, eagleís syndrome

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