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Can neck deformity be passed through genes?

i have found my biological fathers brother. he has some condition that does not allow him to turn his head to the left. he said its a gene that he should not have, but does, and still has the symptom. is it possible for myself to have something like it?

Wed, 3 Feb 2016
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi thanks for asking question.
According to history given by you your brother having difficulty in head movement.So it seems to be congenital torticollis in which unilateral mostly sternocleidomastoid muscle involved.
This disease can be genetic according to some study but no clear cut evidence present regardin whether it is genetic or not.
Usually it is diagnosed within 2 month of life.
I hope i have solve your query
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General & Family Physician Dr. Parth Goswami's  Response
Hi thanks for asking question in HCM.
your biological father have difficulty in turning neck to one side that might suggestive of torticollis like condition called wry neck.
In this condition sternocliedo muscle is difficulty in turning neck.
Your father's muscle might be damaged while birth.Injury in birth canal can also lead to it.
So this condition can be congenital.But let me know you the fact that its genetic etiology not well established.
I hope i have solve your query.
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