Deformation – Torticollis

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Note what signs you see.

I (W. Wertelecki, M.D.) see an infant with a “crooked” or wry neck – in medical parlance, congenital torticollis (from tort, torsion, contort, torture).

Congenital torticollis is “frequent” but reported prevalence is quite variable – it impacts either side equally  – nearly one half of instances have concurrent plagiocephaly (defomed “head shape”) and facial asymmetry.

Other sub-categories of plagiocephaly are “positional” (related to infant’s not sleeping “on their backs”) and “acquired” prevalent among mature and older populations, in particular females.

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