Webbed neck

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Webbed neck
Other names: Pterygium 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 is a congenital skin fold that runs along the sides of the neck down to the shoulders. There are many variants.

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]

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]

6-year-old child with pterygium colli associated with Turner syndrome.


  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 & 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. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  4. Reference, Genetics Home. "Diamond-Blackfan anemia". Genetics Home Reference. Archived from the original on 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2017-06-10.

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