Dr. John F. Morrison - West Palm Beach, FL and Eagle's Syndrome - Anyone know about this doctor?

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Eagle Syndrome

Painful impulses in the neck or throat which radiate to the ear.

Home Conditions Eagle Syndrome

What is it?

Eagle syndrome is a condition associated with the elongation of the styloid process or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament, clinically characterized by throat and neck pain, radiating into the ear.

Eagle syndrome represents a little known and commonly overlooked disease, clinically characterized by non-specific pain in your face. Often also misdiagnosed, different diagnoses includes glossopharyngeal neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia, temporal arteritis, migraine and myofascial pain dysfunction.

Eagle syndrome is often suspected when the pain affects only one nerve branch, and is not responsive to painkillers.

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Symptoms of Eagle Syndrome

Possible symptoms include:

  • Sharp, shooting pain in the jaw, back of the throat, base of the tongue, ears, neck, and/or face
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of having a foreign object in throat
  • Pain from chewing, swallowing, turning the neck, or touching the back of the throat
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ears

Classic Eagle syndrome is present on only one side, however, rarely, it may be present on both sides.

In vascular Eagle syndrome, the elongated styloid process comes in contact with the internal carotid artery below the skull. In these cases, turning the head can cause compression of the artery or a tear inside the blood vessel, which restricts blood flow and can potentially lead to a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. Sometimes, compression of the internal jugular vein can also occur, and might lead to increased intra-cranial pressure.

These symptoms can vary in their severity. Learn more about your specific Eagle Syndrome symptoms, and how they can be treated at The Morrison Clinic™. Schedule an e-consult here.

Ways to Avoid Eagle Syndrome Surgery

Non-surgical medical management of this condition may include the use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, and/or steroids. Medication-based treatment with gabapentin, tianeptine, tramadol, acetaminophen, local lidocaine injection and stellate ganglion block has also been reported as effective.

Eagle Syndrome Treatments

To help deliver your best quality of life, The Morrison Clinic™ posseses expertise in numerous Eagle syndrome treatment options. We view Microvascular Decompression (MVD) as the gold standard for this condition, and perform it regularly. See more about it below.

Other traditional surgeries to shorten the styloid process (styloidectomy) are performed using either an intraoral or extraoral (through the neck) approach.

The intraoral approach usually requires tonsillectomy, and access to the styloid process is limited. There is also risk of injury to major vessels.

The extraoral approach may provide better exposure of the process and its surrounding structures. However, this approach results in a scar, requires going through connective tissue and may carry an increased risk of trauma to surrounding structures.

Schedule an e-consult with Dr. Morrison to discuss your Eagle syndrome treatment options today.

Microvascular Decompression as an Eagle Syndrome Treatment

The purpose of Microvascular Decompression is to relieve pressure from a pulsating vessel that is pressing against a nerve or bone, causing painful impulses throughout the face, neck or throat areas.

Because it would altogther stop or abate the throat or neck pain of Eagle syndrome, our neurosugery clinic views MVD surgery as a highly-effective treatment option.

How Microvascular Decompression is performed, in simple terms

The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Hair behind the ear is shaved and a small part of bone is removed. The affected area is identified and pieces of Teflon are placed between the affected area and the offending blood vessel(s). The small area of removed bone is then covered with a thin metal mesh.

Am I a candidate for Microvascular Decompression?

You may be a candidate for MVD if you have Eagle syndrome that is not well controlled with medication, and you desire minimal-to-no facial numbness as a result of treatment.

Because MVD involves the use of general anesthesia and brain surgery, patients with other medical conditions or who are in poor health may not be candidates. MVD is not successful in treating facial pain caused by multiple sclerosis. Because of the low risk of hearing loss, MVD may not be suitable for patients with pre-existing hearing loss in the ear opposite the treatment area.


I live in West Palm. I have not found any doctor in South Florida that is very well versed in this surgery. I did get diagnosed at University of Miami, but that surgeon doesn’t believe in vascular ES. He sent me to another pain doctor. A colleague of his who specializes in implanted nerve stimulation devices. He did not indicate that he or the other surgeon had any experience operating on ES. I find no evidence and no case studies to indicate nerve stimulation is a generally accepted or even ever tried treatment for this condition. I declined to go see the nerve device-implantation specialist. This area is too fragile and easily damaged. You want someone who has experience actually doing the surgery.
Shands Hospital does have some docs, but I am unsure of their experience.
I doubt you will find anyone in WP who actually is experienced in treating this condition. I would ask that doctor how many of these surgeries has he completed successfully if you decide to move forward. There is a list of doctors that WE know are good, associated with this site. I’m not saying that guy couldn’t be good, I’m saying you will be putting your life in his hands. Blood vessels and nerves being pinched is why we feel so miserable. I am actually looking near my sister in TX so she can care for me after surgery. But, it’s a lot of hoop jumping to get it approved.
Good luck. Maybe we can add this guy to the list? Just do your homework. The people

Yes. Totally understand and totally agree. I just found his clinic and it talks all about eagles on his site and so I just want to know if any other members on this forum have heard of him and if he is any good since I do live here in Central Florida in Orlando area.

I definitely have been trying to do my research. In fact I’ve been researching my symptoms since 2020 when this all started. I have been told this could be anything from a cerebral spinal fluid leak to migraine headaches to anxiety and the list goes on. No one knows what they’re talking about! Wendy and Jules, the moderators of this site, are more knowledgeable about eagle syndrome then I think any doctor out there just about! Too bad they are or not doctors - they could help all of us! LOL

Thank you for replying and for the information you provided. This is definitely a very serious thing and must not be taken lightly by anyone, especially someone performing surgery on someone.

Blessings for a peaceful night.