Craniostenosis

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Definition

Craniostenosis is the disorder wherein an infant's or child's skull sutures close prematurely thereby interrupting normal skull growth and brain development.

Diagnosis

Positional placiocephaly,which is characterized by a misshaped head, may be thought of to be a symptom of Craniostenosis. However, positional placiocephaly is only brought about by one's sleeping position and does not need surgery for treatment, unlike Craniostenosis.

Treatment

Treatment for this disorder normally involves surgery to split the webbed sutures of the patient's skull. Cosmetic issues are addressed through performing both orthognathic and orthodontic surgery. These procedures can "lessen" the deficiencies in the midface.

Symptoms and Signs

Craniostenosis typically takes place alone. However, there are certain cases wherein it comes with certain other syndromes and their respective symptoms. Some of these are Crouzon Syndrome characterized by bulging, wide-set eyes and flat face; Apert Syndrome characterized by a flat midface and fused toes or fingers; Jackson-Weiss Syndrome characterized by flat midface and enlarged, bent toes; Pfeiffer Syndrome characterized by broad and short thumbs, or big and webbed fingers or toes.

Causes

Primary craniostenosis points to the primary defect of the cranial bones' mesenchymal layer. The secondary type has been found out to be caused by primary failure of the brain to grow and develop.

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