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Pediatric Craniosynostosis

What is Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the bones in an infant’s skull grow together too early, causing problems with brain growth and head shape. The edges of the skull bones are called sutures, which normally close by age 2 to 3. With craniosynostosis, the head stops growing in the areas where the sutures have fused, and expands abnormally in other areas.

Craniosynostosis can occur by itself or as a part of certain craniofacial (head and facial) syndromes. If left untreated, craniosynostosis can lead to serious complications, including:

  • Head deformity, possibly severe and permanent
  • Increased pressure on the brain
  • Seizures
  • Developmental delay


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Providers Who Treat Craniosynostosis

    Departments that Treat Craniosynostosis

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    Cleft and Craniofacial Program

    The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children's National brings together experts from 10 pediatric disciplines to provide complete care for children with craniofacial disorders. Our multidisciplinary pediatric team helps more than 400 children every year.

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Our team of pediatric plastic surgeons have dedicated their careers to plastic surgery procedures for babies, children and teens.

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    Our neurosurgery experts provide advanced care for newborns and children with complex neurological conditions.