Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

Facts

Brain tumours at the back of the head may cause:

  • stiff neck
  • development of a head tilt (in which a child holds their head or neck at an awkward angle, in a twisted position or some other unusual way)
  • development of a wry neck (in which a child has difficulty in turning their head)

Any child with problems with their neck should be seen by a doctor. You should also book an eye check at a local optician.

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than 2 weeks?

ONE SYMPTOM

Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible

TWO+ SYMPTOMS

Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, either take them to the emergency department or call 999.