Webbed neck

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Webbed neck
Other namesPterygium colli deformity
Girl with Noonan syndrome.jpg
A 12-year-old female with Noonan syndrome exhibiting a typical webbed neck.
SpecialtyMedical genetics

A webbed neck, or pterygium colli, is a congenital skin fold that runs along the sides of the neck down to the shoulders. There are many variants.

Signs and symptoms[edit]

On babies, webbed neck may look like loose folds of skin on the neck. As the child grows, the skin may stretch out to look like there is little or no neck.[citation needed]

Associated conditions[edit]

It is a feature of Turner syndrome[1] (only found in girls) and Noonan syndrome,[2] as well as the rarer Klippel-Feil syndrome,[3] or Diamond-Blackfan anemia[4]


  1. ^ Miller LB, Kanter M, Wolfort F (1990). "Treatment of webbed neck in Turner's syndrome with tissue expansion". Ann Plast Surg. 24 (5): 447–50. doi:10.1097/00000637-199005000-00009. PMID 2350155.
  2. ^ Qian JG, Wang XJ (2007). "Noonan syndrome and correction of the webbed neck". Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 60 (3): 316–9. doi:10.1016/j.bjps.2006.02.008. PMID 17293292.
  3. ^ Hikade KR, Bitar GJ, Edgerton MT, Morgan RF (2002). "Modified Z-plasty repair of webbed neck deformity seen in Turner and Klippel-Feil syndrome". Cleft Palate Craniofac. J. 39 (3): 261–6. doi:10.1597/1545-1569(2002)039<0261:MZPROW>2.0.CO;2. ISSN 1545-1569. PMID 12019001.
  4. ^ Reference, Genetics Home. "Diamond-Blackfan anemia". Genetics Home Reference. Retrieved 2017-06-10.

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