Focal, steroid responsive myositis causing dropped head syndrome

Muscle Nerve. 1999 Jun;22(6):769-71. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-4598(199906)22:6<769::aid-mus15>;2-d.


The dropped head syndrome, which occurs in a variety of neuromuscular disorders, is usually not due to an inflammatory process and generally either self-limited or nonresponsive to therapy. We present an 80-year-old woman who developed progressive neck weakness over a few months due to a focal and restricted inflammatory process involving the neck extensor muscles. She responded dramatically to treatment with immunosuppressive therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Head
  • Humans
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use*
  • Myositis / drug therapy*
  • Neck Muscles / drug effects*
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Methylprednisolone