Cervical kyphosis after resolution of myopathic head drop. A case report

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Sep 1;21(17):2023-5. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199609010-00020.


Study design: This is a case report.

Objectives: To present a case of cervical kyphosis after resolution of myopathic head drop.

Summary of background data: Myopathic head drop is a severe and persistent local myopathy that never progresses beyond the neck extensor muscles.

Methods: A case is reported of a hospitalized psychiatric patient who experienced the sudden onset of severe neck extensor weakness consistent with myopathic head drop.

Results: Although myopathic head drop resolved after 2 years, it left a disabling residual skeletal deformity of the cervical spine.

Conclusions: Myopathic head drop may be a cause of cervical kyphosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Aged
  • Head / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Kyphosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Kyphosis / etiology*
  • Male
  • Muscular Diseases / complications*
  • Muscular Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Neck Muscles / physiopathology*
  • Neck*
  • Posture*
  • Radiography, Thoracic