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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010, pp. 60-66
Bioline Code: mj10012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010, pp. 60-66

 en Scalene Myofascial Pain Syndrome Mimicking Cervical Disc Prolapse: A Report of Two Cases
Jalil, Nizar Abd; Awang, Mohammad Saufi & Omar, Mahamarowi


Scalene myofascial pain syndrome is a regional pain syndrome wherein pain originates over the neck area and radiates down to the arm. this condition may present as primary or secondary to underlying cervical pathology. Although scalene myofascial pain syndrome is a well known medical entity, it is often misdiagnosed as being some other neck pain associated with radiculopathy, such as cervical disc prolapse, cervical spinal stenosis and thoracic outlet syndrome. because scalene myofascial pain syndrome mimics cervical radiculopathy, this condition often leads to mismanagement, which can, in turn, result in persistent pain and suffering. in the worst-case scenarios, patients may be subjected to unjustifiable surgical intervention. because the clinical findings in scalene myofascial pain syndrome are “pathognomonic”, clinicians should be aware of ways to recognize this disorder and be able to differentiate it from other conditions that present with neck pain and rediculopathy. We present two cases of unilateral

cervical radiculopathy, myofascial pain syndrome, pain radiation, Scalene muscle, trigger point, medical sciences

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