Surgical Correction of Torticollis Due to Agenesis of the Sternocleidomastoid: Case Study and Review.
School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
Department of Otolaryngology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
Department of Orthopedics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
- Published Article
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
- Publication Date
Apr 01, 2020
Unilateral agenesis of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle is a rare phenomenon known to cause torticollis. There have been around 12 reported instances of SCM agenesis in the literature; in almost every case, torticollis was easily resolved nonsurgically with stretching and physical therapy. We report the case of a 6-year-old boy with severe torticollis due to unilateral SCM absence who underwent the surgical release of the contralateral SCM. To our knowledge, this is the first time a surgical release of the SCM was performed to correct torticollis associated with agenesis of the SCM.
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