Q. Can heterotopia cause torticollis and arm weakness?

Answered by
Dr. Abhishek Juneja
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 14, 2022

Hello doctor,

I want to ask about my MRI impression. I have some weakness in both arms, and my cranial MRI showed heterotopia, suggesting a slightly low T1, T2, and slightly FLAIR signal focus (1 x 0.7 cm) in the right lower anterior parietal periventricular region. This is similar to the signal intensity of the gray matter, with no abnormal contrast enhancement and no restricted diffusion consistent with a gray matter heterotopia. I would like to know about the possible connection of these findings to my current symptoms, such as weakness and torticollis.

Kindly help.

Thank you.



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Heterotopia is generally congenital. It does not seem to be responsible for the arm weakness that you have. The arm weakness may be due to vitamin deficiency, cervical nerve compression, or stress related. Physical examination and further investigations are a must to be sure of the diagnosis.

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response.

Is this heterotopia different from cancerous lesions or brain abscesses?

Thank you.



Welcome back to

Heterotopia is not at all cancerous or infective. Please do not worry. It is just a normal tissue at an abnormal location.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

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