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Acute neck pain due to crowned dens syndrome - A case report -
Anesth Pain Med 2018;13(4):435-8
Published online October 31, 2018
© 2018 Korean Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

Yeojung Kim, Youngkwon Ko , Wonhyung Lee, Yongsup Shin, Chan Noh, Seounghun Lee, and Hyunwoo Park
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
Correspondence to: Youngkwon Ko, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Chungnam National University Hospital, 282 Munhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon 35015, Korea
Tel: 82-42-280-7844
Fax: 82-42-280-7968
Received March 22, 2018; Revised April 23, 2018; Accepted April 29, 2018.
cc This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Crowned dens syndrome (CDS) is a cause of neck pain characterized by calcium deposition in the periodontoid tissues. Clinical features of the syndrome are acute onset of neck pain and headache with fever. Computed tomographic imaging is necessary for diagnosis. The prognosis of CDS is excellent. Symptoms disappear within several weeks and calcifications may be absorbed. We report a case of CDS with acute onset of severe neck pain, facial pain, and pharyngeal pain provoked by swallowing.
Key Words : Calcification; Facial pain; Fever; Headache; Neck pain; Odontoid process.

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