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Learn about your short neck, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your short neck from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

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Top 2 Short Neck Causes

  1. 1.Klippel - Feil Syndrome

    Klippel-Feil Syndrome is a bone disorder that is present at birth (congenital). In this condition, two or more vertebra (bones of the spine) are joined together in the neck. This results in three major symptoms - a short neck, a low-appearing hairline at the back of the head, and limited range of motion of the neck.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). This condition is corrected with surgery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty moving the neck
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Hunter Syndrome

    Hunter syndrome is a rare genetic disorder, which is part of a family of diseases called lysosomal storage disorders. People with Hunter syndrome lack a protein that helps break down certain molecules. If these molecules build up within the body, they can cause issues with the heart, bones, and the nervous system, resulting in cognitive decline.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hunter syndrome is commonly treated by artificially replacing the non-functional protein.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint stiffness, shortness of breath, disproportionately large head, developmental delay, hearing loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Short Neck

  • Q.Have someone press on the upper right corner of your abdomen (see picture). Does this person feel a large lump coming from under your rib cage?
  • Q.Do you feel like one hip is higher than the other?
  • Q.Are you mentally disabled?
  • Q.Lie down on your right side and have someone press deeply under your left rib cage (on the border between the back and stomach). Do you feel a large lump right below your lowest left rib that isn't normally there?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our short neck symptom checker.

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Short Neck Checker

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