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Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery

Craniosynostosis Testing and Diagnosis

Early Detection and Correction Are Key to Better Outcomes

University Health, in partnership with UT Health San Antonio, provides life-changing surgery and innovative treatment therapies for infants with various forms of craniosynostosis. We’re considered a premier center for diagnosing and developing advanced treatment methods for infants with this birth defect.

When an infant is assessed early, a minimally invasive procedure can be offered to correct the deformity, releasing the closed suture. A pediatric neurosurgeon and a craniofacial surgeon will work closely with an orthotic specialist to determine all the necessary steps to correct the shape of your baby’s head.

Early diagnosis and intervention is key for effective treatments for craniosynostosis. Providing minimally invasive surgery in combination with helmet therapy leads to better outcomes for our pediatric patients with this type of cranial malformation or deformity.

We’ve helped hundreds of children with various types of craniosynostosis and many cases involving complex combinations of types of craniosynostosis. We perform endoscopic-assisted craniectomies and other minimally invasive techniques to release sutures in the “right places” for each child. Whenever possible, our goal is to use less invasive, innovative surgeries to minimize recovery time for the infants and toddlers in our care.

Seek an Assessment for Craniosynostosis if You See:

  • A hard ridge across your baby’s head
  • A pointed forehead
  • The soft spot closed up or if it’s bulging
  • Different size eye sockets or if the eyes are very wide or narrow
  • Your baby’s head has grown in length but not in width
  • The face looks unbalanced or twisted
  • The head looks larger on one side or has a bulge

Diagnosis of Craniosynostosis May Include:

Physical exam: A doctor will check your baby’s head for hard ridges along the sutures or look for the lack of a soft spot on the skull. A visual examination will be done for any signs of the head or face appearing unbalanced or abnormal. The doctor will also look for slow growth or no growth in your baby’s head size over time.

Imaging: Your doctor may order a Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scan or other types of imaging diagnostics. This will reveal details of the skull and brain. The images will allow the doctor to see if the sutures have prematurely closed and if the brain is growing normally.

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