Neck, chronic stiff

Also called torticollis or spasmodic torticollis, this is the most common of the focal dystonias: a state of abnormal — either excessive of inadequate — muscle tone. In this disorder, the muscles in the neck that control the position of the head are affected, causing the head to twist and turn to one side. In addition, the head may be pulled forward or backward. Torticollis can occur at any age, although most individuals first experience symptoms in middle age. It often begins slowly and usually reaches a plateau. About 10 to 20 percent of those with torticollis experience a spontaneous remission, but unfortunately the remission may not be longlasting.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chronic periodontitis — is a common disease of the oral cavity consisting of chronic inflammation of the periodontal tissues that is caused by accumulation of profuse amounts of dental plaque. Chronic periodontitis Classification and external resources ICD 10 K05.3 ICD… …   Wikipedia

  • chronic meningitis — a variable syndrome of fever, headache, lethargy, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, and vomiting, with pleocytosis and with or without hypoglycorrachia, which fails to improve over a period of 4 weeks; it may be produced by any of a large number of… …   Medical dictionary

  • syndrome — The aggregate of symptoms and signs associated with any morbid process, and constituting together the picture of the disease. SEE ALSO: disease. [G. s., a running together, tumultuous concourse; (in med.) a concurrence of symptoms, fr. syn,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Equine conformation — [original research?] Parts of a horse Equine conformation evaluates the degree of correctness of a horse s bone structure, musculature, and its body proportions in relation to each other. Undesirable conformat …   Wikipedia

  • Migraine — This article is about the disorder. For other uses, see Migraine (disambiguation). Migraine Classification and external resources The pain of a migraine headache can be debilitating. ICD 10 …   Wikipedia

  • Headache — For other uses, see Headache (disambiguation). Headache A person with a headache. ICD 10 G43 G …   Wikipedia

  • nervous system disease — Introduction       any of the diseases or disorders that affect the functioning of the human nervous system (nervous system, human). Everything that humans sense, consider, and effect and all the unlearned reflexes of the body depend on the… …   Universalium

  • Cluster headache — Classification and external resources The Cluster Headache by JD Fletcher ICD 10 G44 …   Wikipedia

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — This article is about progressive Motor Neuron Disease (MND) affecting both the upper motor neurons and lower motor neurons. For MND affecting either but not necessarily both, see Motor neurone disease. ALS redirects here. For other uses, see ALS …   Wikipedia

  • Meningococcal disease — Classification and external resources Charlotte Cleverley Bisman, one of the youngest survivors of the disease. The infected arms had to be amputated later. ICD 10 A …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.