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Tendinitis of Longus Colli: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Clinical Spectra of 9 Cases

Paik, Nam Chull MD*; Lim, Chun Soo MD; Jang, Ho Suk MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: November/December 2012 - Volume 36 - Issue 6 - p 755–761
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e318269880c
Musculoskeletal Imaging

Objective: The objective of this study was to describe the spectrum of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical manifestations of longus colli tendinitis.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data, radiological features, and laboratory reports of 9 patients with tendinitis of longus colli who were seen between January 2009 and July 2011.

Results: All 9 patients presented with pain and stiffness in the neck. Five patients presented within a week of symptom onset (acute), and 4 suffered for more than 1 month before presentation (subacute). Eight of 9 patients revealed a prevertebral effusion from C1 to C4 or C5. Calcific deposits were situated inferior to the anterior arch of C1 in 6 patients, although in 3 patients calcification could not be identified at all. All 5 acute patients experienced a complete resolution of symptoms within 5 days, whereas the 4 subacute patients recovered by 3 weeks.

Conclusions: Longus colli tendinitis should be a prime diagnostic consideration in the patient who has neck pain, either acute or subacute, with associated range-of-motion limitation, and images of the cervical spine demonstrating prevertebral effusion with or without calcification anterior to C1-C2.

From the Departments of *Radiology and †Neurosurgery, Arumdaun Wooldul Spine Hospital, Ulsan, Republic of Korea.

Received for publication May 15, 2012; accepted July 12, 2012.

Reprints: Nam Chull Paik, MD, Department of Radiology, Arumdaun Wooldul Spine Hospital, 647-4 Sinjeong 2-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan 680-828, Republic of Korea (e-mail:

No funds were received in support of this work. No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.