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Cervical Spine Injury
Torticollis (twisted neck), is a non-specific sign with a large spectrum of aetiologies.
of acquired torticollis:
Red flag features in Red
Depending on the presentation, consultation with, General Medicine, Orthopaedics, ENT, Ophthalmology or Neurology will help with decisions about imaging.
For most children, heat pack, massage and basic analgesia is appropriate treatment.
Diazepam can be effective with some cases of spasm of the SCM.
Management depends on suspected cause:
Child is requiring care beyond the comfort level of the local provider.
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, call the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) Service: 1300 137 650.
features present on history or examination requiring further investigation.
follow up arranged: GP/Paediatric
follow up is advisable in children discharged from ED with a diagnosis of
Last updated January 2019