Craniosynostosis

BONES IN AN INFANT'S SKULL GROW TOGETHER TOO EARLY


HCA UK's multidisciplinary neuroscience team treat craniosynostosis, so your child's skull can grow correctly

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What is craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is where one or more of the growth plates in a baby's skull fuse together prematurely. This changes the growth pattern of the skull. Different areas of the skull can fuse together, causing three types of craniosynostosis  metopic, coronal and sagittal.

Need to know

Many babies have different-shaped heads, and there may be nothing to worry about. However, there's a distinct growth pattern with craniosynostosis:

  • Metopic craniosynostosis: the forehead is pointy or triangular.
  • Coronal craniosynostosis: one side of the head is bulging or flattened and the other prominent.
  • Sagittal craniosynostosis: a bony ridge over the top of the head. The head may also be shaped like a rugby ball.
     
Your consultant will examine your child's head and help to make a diagnosis. As craniosynostosis has such a distinct set of physical symptoms, they may offer a diagnosis straight away. In order to monitor the growth of your child's skull, your consultant may suggest an MRI or X-rays.
Your consultant will discuss your child's treatment options with you and help determine the best approach.

Many children with craniosynostosis need corrective surgery. The operation is minimally invasive. The procedure is usually carried out within the first year.

Our Craniosynostosis locations

London Neurosurgery Partnership

London Neurosurgery Partnership

78 Harley Street W1G 7HJ London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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