sternocleidomastoid muscle

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(SCM) (stĕr'nō-klī'dō-mas'toyd mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, by two heads from anterior surface of manubrium of the sternum and sternal end of clavicle; insertion, mastoid process and lateral half of superior nuchal line; action, turns head obliquely to opposite side; when acting together, flex the neck and extend the head; nerve supply, motor by accessory, sensory by cervical plexus.
Synonym(s): musculus sternocleidomastoideus [TA] , sternomastoid muscle.
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sternocleidomastoid muscle

Neck muscle. Origin: upper edge of manubrium, middle of upper clavicle. Insertion: mastoid process. Nerve: accessory (CN XI), spinal C2. Action: contralaterally rotates head.
See: face and headfor illus.
See also: muscle
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CMT is caused by idiopathic, unilateral shortening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and a sternocleidomastoid pseudotumour may be clinically apparent (Cheng et al, 2000).
Second branchial anomalies occur in the mid to lower portion of the neck along the anterior sternocleidomastoid muscle. Fistulas present as a tiny hole in the neck and can extend up to the tonsillar fossae.
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When a catheter is inserted into the internal jugular, the vessel entry site is located in the triangle created by the two inner sides of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the clavicle (Seneff, 1991).
Nineteen cases showed definite decrements in LF-RNS tests in trapezius, while no abnormalities were found in the electromyography and neurological examination of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, supplied by the accessory nerve as well.
CT-scan revealed extension to the lower wall of the external auditory meatus and the upper extremity of sternocleidomastoid muscle. The patient showed no significant medical history.
A: Photo shows the appearance of the neck, with enlargement of the right side and obliteration of the space between the sternocleidomastoid muscle and the larynx.

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