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Skull Deformities

Craniosynostosis

What is craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is a condition where one or more of the sutures in an infant’s skull fuse prematurely. This can result in an abnormal head shape and/or delayed head growth.

How common is craniosynostosis?

Abnormal head shape due to positional plagiocephaly is very common, but true craniosynostosis is not. Craniosynostosis is thought to occur in 1 out of every 2,000 live births, and most of the time is a random occurrence.

How is craniosynostosis diagnosed?

Craniosynostosis is diagnosed using a combination of physical examination by a craniofacial specialist and a CT scan of the head. 

Where can my child be treated if our pediatrician suspects craniosynostosis?

The Ark-La-Tex Cleft and Craniofacial Team provides care for patients with craniosynostosis. We have a monthly clinic at Willis-Knighton South dedicated to the treatment of patients with craniosynostosis. Our team currently cares for over 300 children a year with cleft and/or craniofacial disorders and would love to care for your family. 

Craniosynostosis