Congenital Torticollis

Congenital Torticollis

Dr. Kennedy
Congenital torticollis is a deformity of the neck that is evident at birth and is caused by shortening of the neck muscles. (“Torticollis” = “twisted neck.”) Congenital torticollis tilts the head to the side on which the neck muscles are shortened so that the chin points to the other side. The neck muscle that is shortened are the sternocleidomastoid and it is principally supplied by the spinal accessory nerve.

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