With craniosynostosis, the head stops growing in the areas where the sutures have fused, and expands abnormally in other areas. Craniosynostosis can occur by itself or as a part of certain craniofacial (head and facial) syndromes. If left untreated, craniosynostosis can lead to serious complications, including. The difference is that those abnormalities usually self correct, while craniosynostosis worsens if it is left untreated.
Although rare, serious neurological damage can occur in untreated cases with multiple suture involvement. In most cases, craniosynostosis is primarily corrected surgically so that children have normal appearance and therefore social development (making friends, building relationships, ability to get a job). de Jong T, Toll MS, de Gier HH, Mathijssen IM. Audiological profile of children and young adults with syndromic and complex craniosynostosis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg ; Cohen MM Jr, Kreiborg S. Hands and feet in the Apert syndrome. Am J Med Genet ; Cohen MM Jr, Kreiborg S.
Abstract Craniosynostosis is a group of conditions characterised by the premature fusion of one or more cranial vault sutures. This may lead to abnormal cranial development with severe skull and craniofacial deformities and if the condition is left untreated, other complications such as raised intracranial pressure and cranial growth restriction may be implicated. If left untreated, craniosynostosis can limit or slow a baby’s brain growth, the CDC reports. There are four main types of craniosynostosis, all of .
Craniosynostosis Before and After Photos of Craniosynostosis Below are the dramatic results of craniosynostosis surgery, as seen in before and after pictures of some of the children treated in our Craniofacial Program. View before and after photo gallery of patients who have had open craniosynostosis repair at St. Louis Children's Hospital. For more information on reconstructive or corrective plastic surgery for children, call KIDS ().