Pediatric Neuroscience Services

Craniosynostosis Testing and Diagnosis

Early Detection and Correction is Key to Better Outcomes

University Health System, 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.

If you suspect a problem, it’s important to get an evaluation or diagnosis as soon as possible. When an infant is assessed early, a minimally invasive procedure can be offered to correct the deformity, releasing the closing suture. A pediatric neurosurgeon and a craniofacial surgeon will work closely with an orthopedic specialist to determine all the necessary steps to correct the shape of your baby’s head. After surgery, cranial remolding experts fit your child with a specially tested helmet that remolds your child’s head.

With early intervention and diagnosis, we’ve helped hundreds of children with minimally invasive surgery - performing an endoscopic-assisted craniectomy (endoscopic release surgery). Patients as young as 12 weeks old from around the world have benefited from this innovative procedure.

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 bulging
  • Different size eye sockets or they’re 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. And 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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