Torticollis (wryneck) is a clinical finding of head tilt with or without rotational spinal malalignment. It is not a diagnosis in itself and there are a wide range of underlying conditions. It is most common in the pediatric age group.
Torticollis can be acute (<1 week) or chronic (>1 week), and may be congenital or acquired. In chronic torticollis up to 20% may be due to non-muscular conditions (e.g. skeletal abnormalities) 2.
There is a wide range of causes of torticollis and the presence of associated symptoms/signs is important in narrowing the possible causes. Below is a non-comprehensive list of the more common causes.
- ocular abnormalities, e.g. congenital strabismus/nystagmus
- head and neck
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