Congenital Torticollis

Congenital Torticollis was an existing Victorian Statewide CPG that has been revised then reviewed by interstate CPG Committee members. It will be considered for PIC endorsement on 18 June.


Key Points 

  1. Congenital torticollis is usually diagnosed within the first month of life. Diagnosis after 6 months is rare and other causes should be considered.
  2. Muscular torticollis is most common. If the examination supports a diagnosis of congenital muscular torticollis, no further investigations are required.
  3. Mild cases of congenital torticollis are managed at home by the care giver with simple stretching exercises.
  4. More severe cases require referral to physiotherapy and rarely orthopaedics.



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