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Styloidectomy

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Eagle’s syndrome, also known as an elongated styloid process, is caused by craniofacial and cervical pain. It is known to occur when either the entire length of the styloid process is longer than 25 mm or when stylohyoid or stylomandibular ligaments are ossified. Once the patient is put to sleep, the surgeon identifies the superior lateral pole of the tonsillar fossa. Then the overlying mucosa is incised, the styloid ligament is dissected free from the calcified and an incision is made through the periosteum to excise as close to its base as possible. The tonsils are removed to give access to the styloid process.