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A man with fever and posterior neck pain
  1. Yasuhiro Suyama1,
  2. Takako Shirakawa2,
  3. Kiyofumi Hagiwara1
  1. 1 Division of Rheumatology, JR Tokyo General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  2. 2 Department of Radiology, JR Tokyo General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yasuhiro Suyama, Division of Rheumatology, JR Tokyo General Hospital, 2-1-3 Yoyogi Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 151-8528, Japan; y-suyama{at}jreast.co.jp

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Clinical introduction

A 40-year-old man presented with a 5-day history of severe posterior neck pain and fever of 38.3°C. He also had odynophagia. Physical examination revealed a normal active range of motion in neck anteflexion but limited extension and left rotation. Laboratory tests showed elevated white cell count (12 x109/L) and C reactive protein (8.70 ng/dL). Cerebrospinal fluid analysis was normal. A lateral cervical radiograph was performed (figure 1).

Figure 1

Lateral cervical radiograph of a man with fever and posterior neck pain.

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