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Birth Defects

What is the prognosis for craniosynostosis?

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  • The prognosis for craniosynostosis varies depending on whether single or multiple cranial sutures are involved or other abnormalities are present. The prognosis is better for those with single suture involvement and no associated abnormalities.

    Craniosynostosis is a birth defect of the brain characterized by the premature closure of one or more of the fibrous joints between the bones of the skull (called the cranial sutures) before brain growth is complete.

    The abnormally shaped skull that results is due to the brain not being able to grow in its natural shape because of the closure. Instead it compensates with growth in areas of the skull where the cranial sutures have not yet closed.

  • The prognosis for craniosynostosis varies depending on whether single or multiple cranial sutures are involved, or other abnormalities are present. The prognosis is better for those with single suture involvement and no associated abnormalities.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

  • A Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered on behalf of
    The prognosis for isolated craniosynostosis which is not part of another craniofacial syndrome is very good. Most children will require one surgery as an infant and do not need further treatment from there. Children who have craniosynostosis along with a craniofacial syndrome require specialized care. A craniofacial plastic surgeon will assess this at the child’s evaluation and if needed connect the parents with additional resources specific to the child’s condition.
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