Case report: An unusual cause of dysphagia.

Authors: Mead, R., Scott, M., Parker, I. and Allen, S.C.

Journal: CME Geriatric Medicine

Volume: 6

Pages: 80-81

ISSN: 1475-1453


We describe an 80 year old lady presenting with a six week history of neck pain, progressing to painless severe neck weakness and dysphagia. The absence of other positive symptoms, or tests, and an EMG consistent with a myopathic process, confirmed the diagnosis of dropped head syndrome secondary to an isolated neck extensor myopathy. A trial of steroids for one month was of subjective benefit only.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Stephen Allen