|The skull of an infant is made up of
free-floating bones separated by fibers called sutures.
This allows the infant's head to pass through the birth
canal and also enables the skull to grow with the brain
in early infancy.
Premature fusing of the
sutures is called craniosynostosis, which restricts
skull growth. The cause of premature fusion is unknown.
Synostosis is the union of two or more bones to form
DIAGNOSIS OF CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS
Diagnosis begins with an examination
by a neurosurgeon and or craniofacial surgeon. A
distorted head at birth does not always result from
craniosynostosis. The initial history involves questions
about abnormal fetal position, which can cause
positional deformities. The physical examination
involves carefully feeling the skull for suture ridges
and soft spots, or fontanelles, and checking for neck
position and other deformities. Measurements are taken
of the child's face and head. Normally CT and/or MRI
Scans of the brain are ordered since they provide the
most reliable method of diagnosing early suture fusion.
These scans are needed when planning the surgical
Is Craniosynostosis Cosmetic?
Definitely Not! Without a doubt the
answer is NO!
People that had no understanding and
little research supporting them, may attempt to justify
or battle to understand why an abnormal head shape could
be a concern.
To understand why Craniosynostosis is
not cosmetic and would need reconstructive surgery is to
prevent and possible consequences to the child if
corrective surgery is not performed:-
delays can result from intracranial pressure(ICP)
(an abnormal collection of fluid on the brain which
can lead to pressure if untreated.)
effects throughout childhood leading into adulthood
due to a different cosmetic look than the norm
If a Medical professional or Medical
Aid Company attempts to use the term cosmetic when
referring to Craniosynostosis always remember this fact!
“The definition of a Cosmetic
procedure is a procedure
that will change the normal structure and features of
the body in order to improve appearance. However
reconstructive procedure is performed where there is
malformation or abnormal structure, and performed in
order to improve function, or assist to return it to a
What are the warning signs of
The most common sign of
craniosynostosis is malformation of an Infants
skull. Although, many infants are born with an abnormal
head shape, due to natural birth or forceps, this should
correct within six weeks following the birth.
When an abnormal head shape persists,
or is not noticed until six weeks old, the cause needs
to be determined.
Another possible sign of Craniosynostosis
is a protruding ridge along the skull where the suture
has closed. However is only a single suture is fused
your only symptom would be an irregular shaped head.
However, should there be severe skull
and facial malformation; this would indicate the
severity of the Craniosynostosis depicting more than one
suture closing too early. This would significantly
restrict the skull's ability to expand as the brain
grows leading to raised intracranial pressure.
Indication and possible warning signs
of raised intracranial could include Vomiting, becoming
lethargic, sleeping more, and playing less. Irritability
because of head pain. Developing swollen eyes, problems
moving the eyes or following objects. Breathing noisily
or have periods of not breathing (apnea). When the
pressure is very severe, it may cause brain damage and
other problems, including seizures, blindness, and
developmental delays. Untreated craniosynostosis may
lead to long-term disabilities of different forms.