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CORRECT NECK DEFORMITY

CITY DOCTORS CORRECT NECK DEFORMITY IN 5-YR-OLD GIRL

Child's congenital muscular torticollis corrected in surgery at Ruby Hall Clinic, Wanowrie, followed by physiotherapy.

To have lived out her five small years grappling with a rare congenital deformity had long weighed down on little Ad vika Chandurkar, a resident of Pimple Saudagar, as well as her doting family. Dealing with her congenital muscular torticollis, an awkward neck deformity, had been a natural source of concern for Advika's parents for several years as besides the obvious discomfort she experienced, they had also slowly watched her lose a certain amount of confidence.

However, just last month, doctors from a city hospital managed successfully to give her a new lease on life, and the chance to have a more carefree childhood going forward.

Congenital muscular torticollis or `wry neck' is a deformity in which an infant's neck muscle is shortened causing the neck to twist. A rare congenital musculoskeletal disorder, it is seen in only 0.3-1.9 per cent of all live births.The uncomfortable condition can seriously impact the quality of life for the individual experiencing it, and essentially means a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other. If not treated early in life, it affects the symmetry of facial features and the gaze.Treatments, too, vary from paediatric massages to physiotherapy, and surgery in severe cases.

Consultant spine surgeon Dr Bhushan Khedkar of Ruby Hall Clinic, Wanowrie, elaborated to Mirror, “Ananya's parents realised her condition as she grew older. Besides her chin and neck being tilted, her facial features were also asymmetrical. Luckily, Ananya came to us just in time for her deformity to be tackled, as it would get more complex with age. In later stages, the gaze also gets fixed according to the position of the head. A neck surgery was carried out to correct the shortened neck muscle, followed by extensive physiotherapy."

The child is currently undergoing physiotherapy sessions at the hospital, Dr Khedkar further said, adding, “She will need to continue these sessions for some time with exercises, and will be almost 100 per cent fine thereafter."

Expressing delight at her daughter's swift progress post-surgery, her mother, Pallavi, told Mirror, “At first, we were apprehensive about the surgical outcomes of such a procedure, but were given positive reassurances by the team of specialists we consulted. It has been a month since our girl's surgery, and after a lot of physiotherapy, we've definitely seen improvement. Her surgical scars have almost disappeared -she can now wear the clothes of her choice without feeling shy or defensive, and generally be more confident.Throughout her ordeal, our child's spirit was unwavering. The support and dedication of Dr Khedkar and his entire team are the reason she has a fresh chance at a different life."

Weighing in on the development, Dr Shailesh Hadgaonkar, a consulting orthopaedic spine surgeon at Sancheti Hospital, said, “One of the causes for this condition is congenital atlantooccipital abnormalities in the spine, which can be diagnosed with a CT scan.This is a rare condition found in children. The shortening of the muscles has to then basically be released in surgery, followed by physiotherapy. Not every case is fit for surgery -doctors initially suggest physiotherapy and exercise, but send complicated cases for procedures."

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