Torticollis and Head Oscillations

  • Michael C. Brodsky


Children with visual or neurological disorders can exhibit abnormal head postures (torticollis) or rhythmic movements of the head (oscillations). Torticollis is not a diagnosis, but a sign of an underlying disorder. Although technically defined as a contraction, often spasmodic, of the muscles of the neck, for the purposes of differential diagnosis, most causes of abnormal head position (spasmodic or otherwise) are generally included under the umbrella term torticollis.


Head Tilt Head Turn Congenital Nystagmus Deformational Plagiocephaly Superior Oblique Muscle 


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  • Michael C. Brodsky
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  1. 1.Professor of Ophthalmology and NeurologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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