CT findings in a patient with bilateral metachronous carotidynia

Joseph Y. Young*, Tarek A. Hijaz, Achilles G. Karagianis

*Corresponding author for this work

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Carotidynia is a self-limiting, idiopathic clinical syndrome characterized by acute unilateral neck pain and tenderness of the carotid artery. We describe a unique case of bilateral carotidynia that occurred metachronously, with each incident resolving without long-term sequelae. Knowledge of this entity is important to properly interpret the imaging findings and to not mistake this finding as an ill-defined tumor, thus avoiding unnecessary biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • CT
  • Carotidynia
  • Inflammation
  • Neck
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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