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What is Craniosynostosis?
A newborn’s skull consists of several plates of soft bone, which eventually fuse together as he or she grows. If this fusion happens too early, or in an abnormal way, the condition is called craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis can cause pressure on the growing brain and affect your baby’s eyesight and appearance. Johns Hopkins experts can help restore function and form to your child’s skull and face.
Craniosynostosis: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?
- Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeons have treated many children with skull deformity caused by craniosynostosis and have access to a range of solutions to address the condition and its related problems.
- Our specialists include experts in pediatric neurosurgery as well as others essential to achieving the best results for your child.
- We offer a range of surgical options, including minimally invasive techniques when appropriate.
- If surgery is recommended for your child’s craniosynostosis, you will find a dedicated and compassionate environment for healing at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, which offers comprehensive care and support for the entire family as well as the individual child.
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The best possible outcome of craniosynostosis depends on early detection and treatment, since some forms of craniosynostosis can affect your child’s brain and development.
A child with craniosynostosis requires frequent medical evaluations to ensure that the skull, facial bones and brain are developing normally. The medical team works with the child's family and may recommend genetic counseling to evaluate the parents of the child for any hereditary disorders that may tend to run in families.
Specific treatment for craniosynostosis may include:
Surgery to reduce the pressure in the head and correct the deformities of the face and skull bones. The timing of the surgery is important: before a child’s first birthday is when his or her bones are still very soft and easy to work with. This is why a prompt diagnosis from a specialist is important.
Helmet therapy to correct the shape of your child’s head as he or she grows.
Correcting Syndromic Craniosynostosis
Using a minimally invasive endoscopic approach followed by six to 12 months of helmet therapy, Drs. Edward Ahn and Amir Dorafshar offer an approach to craniosynostosis for babies in the first three months. Read more.
Our experts work closely together, along with experts in plastic surgery of the skull and face to achieve the best results possible. Our team works with you so that you understand your child’s condition and each step of the treatment plan, from your initial visit through longer term follow-up.
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