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Focal myositis of the neck with idiopathic orbital myositis

  • G. Dhanasekar (a1), M. S. Rajan (a1), B. Nirmal Kumar (a1) and S. D. Watson (a2)

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Focal myositis (of Heffner) in the right trapezius and paraspinal muscles accompanied by a pseudotumour of the left orbit has not been reported previously. The clinical, pathological and radiological features of these unusual benign pseudotumours of the head and neck are discussed. Computerized tomography (CT) scan of the neck and orbital ultrasound were suggestive of an inflammatory process without an abscess formation. This was followed by fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), which confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was treated with intravenous steroids and antibiotics, that led to complete resolution of symptoms, and there was no recurrence at six months follow-up. This report highlights the importance of imaging in inflammatory neck swellings.

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Focal myositis of the neck with idiopathic orbital myositis

  • G. Dhanasekar (a1), M. S. Rajan (a1), B. Nirmal Kumar (a1) and S. D. Watson (a2)

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