Scaphocephaly

SAGITTAL CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS

Our multi-disciplinary neuroscience team can diagnose and treat scaphocephaly in your child, using advanced techniques

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Caphocephaly is where the sagittal suture — the dense connective tissue joint between two main plates of skull bone — fuses before birth. This can lead to the skull being long from front to back but narrow from side-to-side. Normally, the sagittal suture fuses as we grow older. Some forms of scaphocephaly can be genetic.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Scaphocephaly icon plus

    A bony ridge over the sagittal suture is the main symptoms of sacrocephaly. Babies also have a prominent forehead and the back of head is prominent too. Children between the ages of three and five may also have increased intracranial pressure. Speech and language delay is another associated problem. This can be overcome with the help of a therapist.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your child's symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Scaphocephaly can be apparent from the child's appearance, so your consultant will examine your child carefully. If they think the child has scaphocephaly, they may order imaging tests to monitor bone development before and after treatment. Tests may include x-rays or CT scans  both display a clear picture of your child's skull.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you and help to determine the best approach for your child. Skull-reshaping surgery is often used to correct scaphocephaly. A team of neurosurgeons (brain), craniofacial surgeons (face) and ophthalmologists (eye specialists) will reshape your baby's skull through open surgery. This may take a number of procedures and usually happens in the first few months of life. If your child has problems with speech delay, a speech therapist will provide therapy.

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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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