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Fifteen-minute consultation: Evaluation of paediatric torticollis
  1. Kavinda Dayasiri1,2,
  2. Sahana Rao1,3
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  3. 3 Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sahana Rao, Department of Paediatrics, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; sahana.rao{at}


Torticollis refers to a state in which the neck is twisted due to excessive contraction or shortening of the muscles on one side. Congenital muscular torticollis, which is more common than acquired torticollis, has an incidence of 0.3%–1.9% among all live births. The clinical approach to torticollis depends on the age at presentation, duration of torticollis and presenting symptoms. The underlying aetiology for torticollis varies with the age of the child. Torticollis can be a presenting feature for life-threatening conditions and thus requires careful evaluation.

  • neurology
  • neuropathology
  • neonatology
  • ophthalmology

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