Clinical correlation between palpability of styloid process with its length on CT scan


  • Shibani V. Anchan SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • Arunkumar J. S. SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • Raghunath Shanbag SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • Santosh S. Garag SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India



Eagle’s syndrome, Styalgia, Styloidectomy, Cervicofacial pain, Elongated styloid


Background: The aim of the study is to correlate the clinical palpability of the styloid process with its length which is determined by CT scan.

Methods: A prospective study of 50 patients who presented to ENT OPD from January 2011 to January 2016 with cervicofacial pain and features of Eagle’s syndrome were clinically evaluated for elongated styloid process by palpating the tonsillar fossa. These patients were subjected to a detailed CT scan with coronal, axial and 3D cuts. The length of the styloid process in the CT scan was correlated with the clinical palpability of the styloid process.  

Results: It was noticed that only styloid process of length greater than 28 mm was clinically palpable. Correlation between the clinical palpability and the minimum length required was established in this study.

Conclusions: Patients with cervicofacial pain should be evaluated for styalgia by imaging and clinically by palpating the tonsillar fossa.

Author Biography

Shibani V. Anchan, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Assistant Professor, Department of ENT


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