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Johns Hopkins Health - Recognizing and Treating a Skull Birth Defect

Winter 2012
Issue No. 15

Recognizing and Treating a Skull Birth Defect

Date: January 12, 2012

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Q What is craniosynostosis?
A It’s a birth defect caused when one or more of the cranial sutures—the fibrous joints between the bones of the skull—close before brain growth is complete. The brain can’t grow in its natural shape, which leads to an abnormally shaped skull. It can also cause developmental delays, seizures and blindness.

Q Is there a treatment?
A Surgery is performed to reshape the head, and cranial molds are sometimes used to reshape the skull and facilitate brain growth after surgery.

Watch the story of a father and son who were both born with craniosynostosis, and learn about new minimally invasive surgical options available at Johns Hopkins. Visit

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