Pediatric Neuroscience Services

Craniosynostosis Conditions

Early Diagnosis of Craniosynostosis is Key

Although it’s common for newborns to have misshapen heads after birth, typically the shape resolves itself within a few days. However, a misshapen head that persists should be evaluated for craniosynostosis. Early diagnosis is important for the proper development of your baby’s brain and skull.

Immediately following birth (9 to 36 months), your baby’s brain undergoes an extremely rapid phase of growth and development. The infant’s skull consists of individual bone plates held together by fibrous connective tissues called sutures. Cranial bones remain separate for about 12 to 18 months.

During infancy and childhood, the sutures are flexible. This allows the brain to grow quickly and protects the brain from minor impacts to the head, such as when your baby is learning to hold his or her head up. Without the flexibility of these skull sutures, your baby’s brain can’t grow properly.

If you think your baby has a type of craniosynostosis, it’s important to get a proper assessment as soon as possible.

We Treat Major Types of Craniosynostosis and Combinations of Types

Our pediatric neurosurgeons and our cranial remolding experts treat the four main types of craniosynostosis. In some instances, babies are born with combinations of these major forms. The different types of craniosynostosis also bring with them specific medical complications. Every child’s medical circumstances are different and we address the individual complexities of that specific cranial condition.

The four major types of craniosynostosis include saggital suture, metopic suture, coronal suture and lambdoid suture synostosis. The location of the suture that is affected leads to a specific abnormal head shape.

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