Craniosynostosis is a condition that occurs in infancy, in which the sutures between the bones of the skull close before the skull has had a chance to complete its growth. This premature hardening may interfere with the formation of the bones of the skull and face. At Columbia, our pediatric neurosurgeons are experts in diagnosing and taking care of children who have craniosynostosis.
Though not always necessary, there is surgical treatment to correct craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis surgery allows the bones’ shapes to improve. It is also occasionally required to reduce pressure buildup in the skull. In some cases, the surgery may facilitate neurological development.
Craniosynostosis is sometimes called “craniostenosis” or “synostosis.” Craniosynostosis may be simple (one suture fused) or compound (multiple sutures fused).
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