Craniosynostosis

Category:
Craniofacial Disorder

Prevalence:
In The US: 127,560 births each year.

Resources:
Mayo Clinic

U.S. National Library of Medicine

WebMD

 

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Craniosynostosis (kray-nee-o-sin-os-TOE-sis) is a birth defect in which one or more of the joints between the bones of your baby’s skull close prematurely, before your baby’s brain is fully formed. When your baby has craniosynostosis, his or her brain can’t grow in its natural shape and the head is misshapen.

Craniosynostosis can affect one or more of the joints in your baby’s skull. In some cases, craniosynostosis is associated with an underlying brain abnormality that prevents the brain from growing properly.

Treating craniosynostosis usually involves surgery to separate the fused bones. If there’s no underlying brain abnormality, the surgery allows your baby’s brain adequate space to grow and develop.

Craniosynostosis In The News

Baby Wears ‘Aviator’ Helmet For Protection After Skull Surgery

Read More    published: 09/13/2017

Common Birth Defect Spurs Mom to Offer Uncommon Care

Read More    published: 02/09/2015

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