Acute prevertebral calcific tendinitis: A nonsurgical cause of prevertebral fluid collection

March 1, 2007
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Abstract. Calcific tendinitis of the prevertebral muscles is a rare clinical entity. Its nonspecific presenting symptoms (e.g., retropharyngeal space infection) may mimic an infectious etiology. Treatment is based on the administration of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for 2 to 3 weeks and cessation of symptom-provoking activity. Most patients will improve greatly within the first 48 to 72 hours after the initiation of an NSAID, and complete resolution generally occurs within 3 weeks.

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