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Craniosynostosis

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

About

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

  • 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.
       

     

  • Diagnosis 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 further MRI or x-rays.
  • Potential treatment options 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. Here, two small incisions are made in the baby's skin to access the skull. The fused bones are then released so they can move and grow and the skull remodelled. The operation is minimally invasive as the surgeon uses a small camera (endoscope) to visualise the fused bones. The procedure is usually carried out within the first year.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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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