Craniosynostosis (say "kray-nee-oh-sih-noss-TOH-sus") is a problem with the skull. The soft areas between the plates of the baby's skull are called sutures. The sutures usually start to fuse together after a child is 2 years of age. With craniosynostosis, one or more of the sutures fuses too soon. This can keep the skull from expanding as the baby grows. In severe cases, it can cause pressure on the brain.
This is a congenital condition. This means your baby was born with it.
If there's a lot of pressure on your baby's brain, surgery may be needed right away to relieve the pressure. Your child will be asleep during surgery.
Your baby may need special care, such as being in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This may be scary for you. But the hospital staff understands this. They will explain what happens and will answer your questions.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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