Craniosynostosis

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Definition

Craniosynostosis is a condition that arises when one or more sutures that join the skull of an infant or child close(s) prematurely, resulting to complications in normal growth of the skull and brain. It can cause craniostenosis, a skull deformity, and increased intracranial pressure. It affects one in 1,800 to 2,200 infants.

Diagnosis

This condition is recognized by conducting physical examinations, radiographic studies, including plain radiography and computed tomography (CT). Clinical history of the mother is likewise important in diagnosing the disorder.

Treatment

To divide the closed sutures and reshape the skull, surgery is performed on the child. A combination of orthodontic and orthognathic surgery can be done to relieve some of the midface deficiency necessary to treat the facial deformities.

Symptoms and Signs

This disorder alters the facial features of the affected childing, causing them to have wide-set bulging eyes, beaked nose, flat face, facial asymmetry, drooping eyelids, and low frontal hairline. Craniosynostosis may likewise result to mental retardation and developmental delays.

Causes

Craniosynostosis is known to be caused by primary defect in the mesenchymal layer ossification in the cranial bones and primary failure of brain growth. Some cases are associated with 150 syndromes, including Crouzon syndrome and Apert syndrome.

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