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Surgical Correction of Torticollis Due to Agenesis of the Sternocleidomastoid: Case Study and Review.

Authors
  • Frost, Joshua1
  • Demke, Joshua2
  • Idicula, Winslo2
  • Diab, Michel3
  • 1 School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
  • 2 Department of Otolaryngology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
  • 3 Department of Orthopedics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2020
Volume
57
Issue
4
Pages
520–523
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1055665619887315
PMID: 31726869
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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