Symptom: Stiff neck

Stiff neck: Reduced mobility of the neck
Introduction: A stiff neck is probably not a symptom you would consider dangerous, and yet it can indicate some very severe conditions such as meningitis or meningococcal disease. Although neck stiffness can arise from physical neck complaints (e.g. whiplash) it is also a common symptom of numerous infectious illnesses. Neck stiffness symptoms need prompt professional medical advice for diagnosis.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Stiff neck:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Stiff neck (29 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Stiff neck (25 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Stiff neck: neck symptoms (59), neck pain (18), neck swelling (30)
    Stiff neck type of: Neck symptoms (59), Stiffness (88)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Stiff neck: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Stiff neck as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Stiff neck: The following list of conditions have 'Stiff neck' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis ... stiff neck
  • Anoxia ... neck stiffness


  • Behcet's Disease ... stiff neck


  • Encephalitis ... stiff neck


  • Fungal meningitis ... stiff neck


  • Granulomatous amebic encephalitis ... stiff neck


  • Hemophilus influenzae B ... stiff neck
  • Huntington's Disease ... neck muscle rigidity


  • Japanese encephalitis ... neck stiffness
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis ... stiff neck


  • Listeriosis ... stiff neck
  • Lyme disease ... stiff neck
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis ... stiff neck


  • Melioidosis ... stiff neck
  • Meningitis ... pain on moving neck, Neck stiffness, stiff neck
  • Meningococcal disease ... pain on moving neck, Neck stiffness, stiff neck


  • Naegleria ... stiff neck


  • Polio ... stiff neck
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica ... neck stiffness


  • Spondylosis ... stiff neck
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage ... stiff neck
  • Syphilis ... stiff neck


  • Tetanus ... neck muscle rigidity, stiff neck


  • Viral meningitis ... pain on moving neck, Neck stiffness, stiff neck


  • Whiplash ... neck stiffness

    Last revised: Nov 21, 2003

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