Figure 4.66. The marked webbing of the neck is again noted in this same infant with Turner syndrome. This results in the appearance of a shortened neck. The webbing of the neck occurs as a result of redundant skin.
A short neck may result from absence, malformation or coalescence of one or more cervical vertebrae, often giving the impression that the head is resting directly on the shoulders (Klippel-Feil syndrome, Jarcho-Levin syndrome). Neck webbing or high placement of the scapulae can give a similar appearance (Turner's syndrome, Down syndrome, cleidocranial dysostosis).
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