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Plagiocephaly And Pillows
Therapy or helmet : Kids with plagiocephaly favor sleeping on one ear & end up with stiffness or shortening of the sterno-cliedo-mastoid muscle on one side. Over time, always sleeping the same way allows gravity to trigger the skull deformity. If caught early, parents can maneuver the head to both sides to help resolve the issue. Some get distorted enough to need a helmet with special pads to help reshape the skull. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accept it/ change it: Reshaping a skull requires rather dramatic surgery. They pull back the scalp like a cover, cut up the skull bones in sections & reposition them. The preparation requires a variety of 3D MRI scans, hours in the OR and days in the ICU afterward, with a prolonged recovery.If you are interested contact a regional craniofacial center and plan to spend big bucks. Insurers are unlikely to cover it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: The doctors who deal with those issues are at cranio-facial centers. They have one at NYU and also at Montefiore in NYC. You are kind of old for this but at least you can talk to them about it. ...Read more
Can someone tell me the difference between plagiocephaly and brachycephaly I don't know which one I have?
What to do if I have always had a really lumpy head. I am wondering whether I have something like plagiocephaly?
Plagiocephaly: If you have made it into adulthood with plagiocephaly and have not symptoms of headaches and visual problems then you have done well. While we have treated a number of adults for plagiocephaly they have all been for correcting facial and forehead abnormalities. If this has been an issue would suggest you make a consultation with a craniofacial surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more
Same way: If you have plagiocephaly as an adult it means it couldn't be corrected in your childhood. The cranial clinics operated by neurosurgeons are generally located in the teaching hospitals, which you should locate in your area to get a consultation. Your primary physician can refer you to one. ...Read more
Orthopedics surgeon: your torticolis can definitely be addressed by lenghthening the sternomastoid muscle ...Read more
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I wanted to know if there are any options/procedures that can be done in order to fix untreated plagiocephaly in a 16 yr old male?
Plagiocephaly: Plagiocephaly, while ideally is treated as an infant can also be treated at any age. You would need to be evaluated by a craniofacial team that specializes in this disorder and they can make recommendations based on the deformity. In our team the oldest patient has been 41 years old. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my son who is 5 has plagiocephaly. he now get concussions sometimes when he falls can anything be done to help?
Son w/cephalohemat. 3 months now, bump's gone, but head is slightly bigger that side, not flat.1ped said its normal, other said plagiocephaly. Im lost?
Head shape: It's not surprising there is a bit of asymmetry. The increased blood flow to the side of the head where the body needed to get rid of the hematoma likely led to a bit more bone growth on that side. The good news is that even if it is plagiocephaly, it is likely to correct itself as he is still very young. Most cases of plagiocephaly self-resolve. Have pediatrician monitor and give it a few months. ...Read more
Cranial reshaping: This is a complex procedure that is done in a few locations around the world on adults. It involves opening the scalp, pealing it back, cutting and reshaping the skull bones.It is an intensive process and requires significant time and recovery. The International Craniofacial Center at Medical City Dallas may be able to help, or locate a similar center closer to home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I find the best craniofacial esthetic surgeon for an esthetic correction of an old plagiocephaly ?
Plagiocephaly: Dealing with an "old" and I assume done as a baby correction of a plagiocephaly requires a multidisciplinary team that includes at the very least a craniofacial neurosurgeon and plastic surgery and also a maxillofacial surgery. You will need to find a center that has a good deal of experience as these are complex cases and need a very thorough workup and evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How would a doctor(s) go about treating plagiocephaly in someone who is 17? What options or procedures can be done?
Surgical reconstruct: 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