Pediatric Neurosurgery
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Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect where one or more of the joints between the bones in an infant's skull close too early. This usually happens before the infant's brain is fully formed and causes an abnormally shaped skull.  The brain is unable to grow into its natural shape and can be associated with a brain abnormality.

The condition occurs if the bones in your baby's skull fuse before or soon after birth, while the brain is rapidly growing. The fused skull delays proper bone growth and causes the brain to grow in the direction of least resistance, which ultimately leads to the shape of the brain, skull and face to become distorted. Each type of skull malformation leads to a specific abnormal head shape and a unique set of complications.

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