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[Plagiocephaly associated with infant asymmetry].

Authors
  • Stücker, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
147
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1185922
PMID: 19693745
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The typical asymmetry in infancy is recognized 2-4 weeks after birth and follows the development of a plagiocephaly. The unilateral flattening of the occiput leads to a permanent rotation of the head to one side, shortening of neck muscles and a triggering of the asymmetric tonic neck reflex (ATNR), also known as fencer response. Subsequently a muscle tone increase is forming on the side of the face while a decrease in tone is seen at the occiput side. Clinical signs like increasing neck stiffness, flexible positional scoliosis and pelvic obliquity may ultimately develop. Management includes early positioning, tummy time and physical therapy if asymmetry of posture or muscle tone are present.

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