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Information for Parents

Congenital Torticollis (Sternomastoid Tumor)

  • What is this disease?

    • Congenital muscular torticollis or sternomastoid torticollis/tumor  is a condition that occurs at birth or up to three months of age, where the child’s head is tilted to one side and turned to the opposite side.

  • How it is diagnosed?

    • It is diagnosed by clinical examination in neonates and infants. Rarely ,X-rays are also needed  

  • How it is treated?

    • The initial management is Physiotherapy ,which cures most of the infants.

  • When it should be operated?

    • If Physiotherapy or neck exercise is not able to cure it by 9-10 months of age, surgery in needed.

  • Are there other alternative methods of treatment?

    • Physiotherapy is successful in most children.

  • What all I need to know before my child surgery?

    • Read “All you need to know before your child's surgery” information booklet in website.

  • How is the surgery done?

    • Surgery involves transection of fibrous sternocleidomastoid muscle in neck, which is responsible for the disease.

  • Remarks

    • For more details of surgery, contact your surgeon

  • Related Photographs and videos

    • Few photographs of steps done by me is given here for learning purposes

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