Torticollis as an Initial Manifestation of a Seronegative Demyelinating Disorder in a Child: A Case Report

Sandesh Kini, Yellanthoor Ramesh Bhat, Lakshmikanth Halegubbi Karegowda

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Abstract

Torticollis refers to a condition in which the head is persistently tilted to one side, sometimes associated with pain. Torticollis in a child can be congenital or acquired. Torticollis as an initial manifestation of an underlying demyelinating syndrome is quite rare in children. Here, we report a 7-year-old girl who presented with persistent torticollis. Neuroimaging of the brain revealed features of a demyelinating disease. Further studies did not show any evidence of multiple sclerosis. Cerebrospinal fluid was negative for antiaquaporin-4 antibodies, antimyelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies, and oligoclonal bands. A seronegative demyelinating disorder was considered. She was treated with pulsed methylprednisolone therapy. She responded well to steroids with no progression of illness during follow-up. Torticollis was partially improved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric Neurology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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