Abnormal head shapes can develop in babies for a variety of reasons. Early evaluation is important in an infant with an abnormal head shape in order to determine the cause and plan a course of treatment.
There are several types of head shape abnormalities. Each type has its own symptoms:
A craniofacial surgeon will obtain your child’s medical history and complete a detailed physical examination to diagnose a head shape abnormality. Doctors may also use medical imaging such as traditional X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to make a diagnosis.
Treatment for head shape abnormalities varies depending on the specific anomaly and its cause:
Visit these websites for more information on head shape abnormalities:
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This nonprofit organization addresses the medical, financial, psychosocial, emotional and educational concerns related to head shape abnormalities, including craniosynostosis, Apert syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, Pfeiffer syndrome and Saethre-Chotzen syndrome.
This nonprofit organization provides education and support for families of children living with craniosynostosis.
This U.S. government site explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of craniosynostosis.
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