• Home Care

    A person who develops opisthotonos will need to be cared for in a hospital.

    Call your health care provider if

    Go to the emergency room or call your local emergency number (such as 911) if this symptom occurs. Typically opisthotonos is a symptom of other conditions that are serious enough for a person to seek medical attention.

    What to expect at your health care provider's office

    This condition will be evaluated in a hospital, and emergency measures may be taken.

    The health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination to look for the cause of opisthotonos

    Medical history questions may include:

    • When did this behavior start?
    • Is it always the same type of posturing?
    • What other symptoms came before or with the abnormal posturing (such as fever, stiff neck, or headache)?
    • Is there any recent history of illness?

    The physical examination will include a complete check of the nervous system.

    Tests may include:

    • Blood and urine tests
    • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and cell counts
    • CT scan of the head
    • Electrolyte analysis
    • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
    • MRI of the brain