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What causes craniosynostosis?

What causes craniosynostosis?

Premature Fusion: of the cranial sutures is responsible for craniosynostosis. Multiple genes have been implicated: FGFRs, TWIST, MSX2, etc, Over half of the single suture cases have no obvious genetic cause, indicating environmental and epigenetic causes contribute to abnormal fusion. ...Read more

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How is "craniosynostosis" treated?

How is "craniosynostosis" treated?

Surgery: Depending on the severity of the skull, and sometimes face, deformity, the baby may require surgery to release the bones that have grown together and to improve the established skull deformity. The child should be evaluated by a craniofacial deformitiesd team prior to and following such surgery when necesary. ...Read more

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Could you inherit craniosynostosis?

Could you inherit craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: Yes you can inherited this disorder. There are now known a number of genes that carry this disorder and it can be passed onto the next generation. What we call the "syndromic" types like Aperts, Crouzons, Sathre Chotzen among others carry a higher risk of passing this along by genetics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about craniosynostosis ?

Can you tell me about craniosynostosis ?

Craniosynostosis: The baby's skull is a collection of bones held in position by "sutures" - if one or more of these sutures should close prematurely, that is before birth, the child will have craniosynososis. There are several different types depending on which suture(s) have closed. ...Read more

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Can craniosynostosis be treated in adults?

Can craniosynostosis be treated in adults?

Yes: The surgical restructuring of the bony skull can be done in adults but is more often done in infancy. If interested, i would contact a regional craniofacial center for advise.These are generally found in large metropolitan areas like dallas, and may be associated with a medical school or research facility. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of craniosynostosis?

What are the symptoms of craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: Symptoms is not the correct word here, rather if its the signs or physical findings seen at birth typically from mis-shapened skull and orbit bones. Symptoms really do not occur till later in life when left untreated and the most common would be headaches. ...Read more

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How can you tell a baby has craniosynostosis?

How can you tell a baby has craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: craniosynostosis is a premature closure of a suture, an area where bones of the skull come together. Typical there is asymmetry of the head with ridging over the suture that has prematurely closed. A consultation with a pediatric neurosurgeon could be very helpful in making the diagnosis ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can adult be diagnosed with craniosynostosis?

I just wanted to know can adult be diagnosed with craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: In an adult a diagnosis is made first with facial stigmata consistent with craniosynostosis and then confirmed by CT or skull x-rays ...Read more

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Can a mild form craniosynostosis correct itself overtime if left untreated?

Craniosynostosis: It really depends on the type and and how "mild" it is - in a metopic ridge they often will improve to the point they are not noticeable. A plagiocephaly usually does not correct and if really "mild" to the parents one can follow it. ...Read more

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How do they do the surgery to fix craniosynostosis?

How do they do the surgery to fix craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis: It really depends on the type of synostosis and what areas of the head and orbits are affected. Also the age of the child at the time of surgery can be a factor. A consultation with a craniofacial center can answer many of the questions as to surgery. ...Read more

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