Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Carotidynia

Michael Abrahamy*, Myriam Werner, Paul Gottlieb, Simon Strauss

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The purpose of this work is to draw attention to the characteristic sonographic features of carotidynia, which, in the context of a typical clinical picture support its diagnosis. Six patients presented with primary symptoms of neck pain and focal tenderness. In all patients, focal wall thickening of the distal end of the common carotid artery was found exactly in the region of tenderness, leading to mild lumen narrowing. Treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or glucocorticoids led to full symptom resolution. Carotidynia will often be encountered first on sonography performed for evaluation of neck pain and has a characteristic sonographic appearance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2605-2609
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • carotids/extracranial
  • carotidynia
  • head and neck
  • imaging methods
  • neck pain
  • point-of-care ultrasound
  • sonography


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