Torticollis in an infant caused by hereditary muscle aplasia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Torticollis is a common condition presenting to the general or pediatric orthopedist. We describe the case of a child with severe torticollis caused by a hereditary unilateral absence of the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles. Both his father and paternal grandfather had a forme fruste, with similar but milder findings. Electromyography and cross-sectional imaging were valuable in making the diagnosis. We believe this is the first reported case of hereditary unilateral muscle aplasia presenting as torticollis in an infant.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Adams, SB; Flynn, JM; Hosalkar, HS; Hunter, J; Finkel, R

Published Date

  • November 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 556 - 558

PubMed ID

  • 14653486

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-4519


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States