spasmodic torticollis


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spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

a disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some of the neck muscles, especially the sternomastoid and trapezius; occurs in adults and tends to progress slowly; the head movements increase with standing and walking and decrease with contractual stimuli, for example, touching the chin or neck.

spasmodic torticollis

Etymology: Gk, spasmodes + L, tortus, twisted, collum, neck
a condition in which the head is inclined to one side as a result of episodes of spasms of the neck muscles. It is often transient, and examination seldom reveals a physical cause. In some cases, it may be brought on by severe stress.
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Spasmodic torticollis: characteristic head posture

spasmodic torticollis

Wry neck, see there, aka cervical dystonia.

spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

(ST) (spaz-modik tōrti-kolis)
Disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some of the neck muscles, especially the sternomastoid and trapezius.

spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

(spaz-modik tōrti-kolis)
Disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some neck muscles.
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One form of focal dystonia is spasmodic torticollis (also known as cervical dystonia), which involves the neck region.
And unlike other kinds of dystonia, spasmodic torticollis can be very painful.
Cervical dystonia, also known as spasmodic torticollis, is a neurological movement disorder in which a person's neck and shoulder muscles have contractions that force the head and neck into abnormal, and sometimes painful positions making it difficult for some patients to function normally in their daily activities.
The primary efficacy outcome variable for both studies was the Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS)-Total Score (scale range of possible scores is 0-87) at week four.
For both studies, the primary measurement of efficacy was the Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) total score from baseline to Week 4.