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

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

  • What are the symptoms of craniosynostosis? icon plus

    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.


  • How is craniosynostosis diagnosed? icon plus

    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.
  • Treatment options for craniosynostosis icon plus

    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 paediatric neurosurgeons

We're proud that experienced consultant neurosurgeons, specialising paediatric brain surgery, choose to practise with us. They are supported by a team of experienced paediatric nurses and play specialists.

Our locations

From complex neurosurgery to tests and diagnostic procedures, we provide exceptional paediatric neurosurgical care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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