Eagle syndrome

How rare is Eagle syndrome?

About 4% of people have an elongated styloid process. However, only a small percentage of these people (between 4 and 10.3%) have symptoms. The incidence of Eagle syndrome is therefore estimated to be about 0.16% (1 in 62,500). Females have Eagle syndrome about 3 times more often than males.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might Eagle syndrome be treated?

The mainstay treatment for Eagle syndrome is surgery to shorten the styloid process (styloidectomy). Traditionally, this surgery has been done using either an intraoral (through the mouth) or extraoral (through the neck) approach.

The intraoral approach usually requires tonsillectomy, and access to the styloid process is limited. There is also risk of injury to major vessels. However, this method reportedly is safe, more simple, and an external scar is avoided.

The extraoral approach may provide better exposure of the process and its surrounding structures. However, this approach results in a scar, requires going through connective tissue and may carry an increased risk of trauma to surrounding structures.

In recent years, more minimally-invasive techniques have been used for head and neck surgery. Some patients with Eagle syndrome have undergone an endoscope-assisted approach. An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a camera attached at the end. According to the authors of a study published in 2017, this approach reportedly has the benefits of providing direct surgical access, satisfactory exposure, and minimal invasion.

Medical management of Eagle syndrome may include the use of pain and anti- inflammatory medications, antidepressants, and/or steroids for pain.

The overall success rate for treatment (medical or surgical) is about 80%.

People with questions about personal treatment options and recommendations for Eagle syndrome should speak with their doctor.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: LivingWithEagle.org Url: http://www.livingwitheagle.org/

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