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MR T2 high image of longus colli muscle without tendinous calcification; A suggestive sign of cervical spinal infection

Dear Editor, acute calcific tendinitis of the longus colli muscle (LCM) manifests as acute neck pain and dysphagia or odynophagia [1] and shows MRI signal changes due to inflammation of the LCM with fluid collection in the prevertebral space. The diagnostic feature of this disorder is the calcification of the superior oblique tendons of the LCM [2]. We present a case displaying very similar clinical and radiological features, except with no calcification of the tendon. The patient showed discitis-osteomyelitis of the cervical vertebrae associated with inflammation of the LCM.

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