Webbed Neck Correction

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to know all the options of webbed neck correction. I have a webbed neck, but I don’t have Turner’s Syndrome. I’m 32 years old. I also want to know how people are born with webbed necks without the syndrome. No one in my family, including my children, have this deformity, except me. I am interested in the cost of these procedures, too.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. I have seen webbed necks before in patients that don’t have classic Turner’s syndrome. This is known as mosaic Turner’s syndrome. While Turner’s syndrome involves a completely missing X chromosome, mosaic Turner’s syndrome is where the abnormalities in the X chromosome only occur in some of the body’s cells. In this situation it is possible to have a webbed neck without any or very few of the other signs of Turner’s syndrome. Whether this applies to you I can not say.

I would be interested in seeing pictures of your neck to determine if webbed neck surgery correction would be successful for you.

I will also have my assistant Camille pass along the costs of webbed neck surgery to you on Monday.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana