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.