Pseudotumor cerebri manifesting as stiff neck and torticollis

Rachel Straussberg, Liora Harel, Jacob Amir

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Stiff neck and torticollis are significant signs of neurologic disease. Nuchal rigidity is often associated with meningitis, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and posterior fossa tumor. Torticollis may be encountered in inflammatory disorders, such as cervical lymphadenitis, or it can be a sign of spinal cord syrinx or of central nervous system neoplasm. We report on three prepubertal children in whom stiff neck and torticollis were the presenting signs of pseudotumor cerebri. In all, the removal of 6-7 mL of cerebrospinal fluid led to prompt relief of symptoms and signs. We suggest that in the presence of unexplained stiff neck or torticollis in children, the optic discs should be examined to exclude pseudotumor cerebri.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-227
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


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