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Description of the Symptom

Torticollis (also commonly known as "wry neck") is a symptom or physical sign where the neck is turned, and may or may not be tilted. The term is derived from the Latin tortus ("twisted") and collum ("neck"). This symptom has many causes. This chapter describes possible causes of torticollis in a child.

Special Concerns

  • Torticollis of sudden onset (few days)

  • Any torticollis where the head is both tilted and rotated to the same side

  • Any post-traumatic torticollis

  • Any neurological signs suggesting an intracranial tumor or space-occupying tumor of the spinal cord

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Torticollis in a Child
Common Ages at Which Torticollis Presents in a Child

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