Craniosynostosis

Norton Children’s board-certified neurosurgeons are led by Thomas M. Moriarity, M.D., Ph.D., a recognized leader in the field with deep experience and specialized training. Our expert physicians in Louisville and Southern Indiana have the sophisticated tools and skill to give you and your child a precise diagnosis and a treatment plan for craniosynostosis that minimizes risk, so your child can get back to being a kid.

What is Craniosynostosis?

A newborn’s skull consists of several plates of bone that fuse together over time. When two or more of these plates fuse together prematurely, they can cause the baby’s head to become atypically shaped.

Will Craniosynostosis Affect My Child’s Development?

In some cases, craniosynostosis can lead to developmental delays and cognitive problems, but you should not assume the worst. It all depends on a variety of factors, including when the condition was diagnosed, how many plates are involved and whether any intracranial pressure occurred. The specialists at Norton Children’s Hospital are experienced in treating craniosynostosis in infants and children. They are the best people to talk to about potential long-term effects.

Sagittal Craniosynostosis and Other Types

 These are types of craniosynostosis named for which plates are affected. Each type results in a different misshapen look to the child. Sagittal craniosynostosis, the most common of the four, results in the head growing long and narrow, because it’s caused by the fusion of the suture that runs along the top of the baby’s skull. Regardless of the type, the condition can be treated.

Craniosynostosis Treatment

Surgery can correct craniosynostosis by opening up the suture that closed prematurely. Regular monitoring may be required. Your experienced pediatric surgeons and support staff will be there every step of the way to remind you and explain follow-up care.

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