X-ray image - Is this Eagle symdrome?

Hello everyone reading this. I’m really glad. I found this community. I’ve been experiencing almost all the symptoms listed in the explicative thread(ES Information: Common Symptoms And Possible Explanations For Them) for the last three years.

I would say my top ones are:

  1. pain in the right side, especially in the hyoid bone (closer to the greater horn), exacerbated when swallowing or looking to the sides.
  2. a combo of dizziness and vertigo that makes things feel surreal for some seconds.
  3. Tinnitus

Got an appointment with the ENT specialist next week and I would like to share with you all an X-ray image cause I think I can see the bilateral ossification of the stylohyoid ligament but I’m not sure.

Thanks for your time and stay well!


Yes, you can see the styloids on both sides; they look jointed so could have either grown like that, or it could be that the stylo-hyoid ligament is calcified, or even possibly have been fractured- your right side looks like maybe it has? They look elongated, & your left side is growing at a very funny angle at the end, so not surprising that you’re getting symptoms…obviously we can’t see the hyoid processes on this X-ray, but it’s definitely worth pursuing Eagles as a diagnosis & getting a CT done if you can. As you have dizziness which can be a vascular Eagles symptom it might be worth trying to get a CT with contrast done as this would show the blood vessels.
Is the ENT you’re seeing definitely familiar with ES? It might be worth ringing ahead to check, & if they’re not perhaps take a printed out research paper to show them, maybe one with images of styloids & also one which mentions symptoms similar to yours, as not all ENTs are familiar with ES.
Hope that your appt goes well, & let us know how you get on!


Hi @Zenid,

Thank you for posting your x-ray. I agree with everything Jules said. I hope you’ve been able to find a doctor not too far from you who can help you. Please let us know how your appointment goes.