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How is torticollis usually diagnosed?
Here at Boston Children’s, our specialists will obtain a full medical history and perform a comprehensive physical exam of your child.
When an infant is believed to have torticollis along with an underlying skeletal abnormality, X-ray imaging or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
Your child’s doctor will begin by asking you a series of questions that will help determine the type of torticollis your child has. Questions may include:
Your child’s doctor will perform a complete physical and neurological exam to determine the type of torticollis she has. This exam involves:
Your doctor may also request other imaging studies, such as ultrasound, to look for certain abnormalities in the spine that may be a sign of rare but serious health problems.
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