'Idiopathic' torticollis: have you ruled out a spinal tumour?

Bhattacharya, Debarata; Choudhari, Kishor A.
July 2008
British Journal of Hospital Medicine (17508460);Jul2008, Vol. 69 Issue 7, p412
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 70-year-old woman, who has a six-month history of progressive torticollis accompanied by low back pain and mild lower limb weakness. Her neurological examination is normal aside from grade IV power and diminished reflexes in the lower limbs. However, with a magnetic resonance scan of the lumbar spine an intradural extramedullary tumor opposite the L1 and L2 vertebrae has been diagnosed. Moreover, her symptoms have improved after the excision of the tumor.


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