Fracture of the Styloid Process in an Elderly Patient Caused by Rolling Over During Sleep: A Case Report

Hirofumi Namiki, Tadashi Kobayashi


Fracture of the styloid process (SP) of the temporal bone is a rare traumatic injury in normal patients. The present report describes a fracture of the SP in an elderly patient caused by rolling over during sleep. A 67-year-old Japanese woman presented with sudden neck pain that had occurred upon rolling over in bed the previous night. A computed tomography scan revealed a fracture of the SP. She recovered with conservative treatment. Clinicians should consider a fracture when an elderly patient develops sudden neck pain by rolling over.

J Med Cases. 2017;8(2):61-62


Head injury; Aged; Japan; Rural population

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