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Can a child with microcephaly have surgery to open up the skull and give the brain more room to grow to its normal size?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Won't alter outcome

The skull is composed of many plates of bone separated by growth centers that "push away" from each other to allow the skull volume to increase.
If the brain does not enlarge, there is no pressure to expand the skull.By 9-10 yrs the adult head size is reached & growth centers fuse.Skull surgery is done to open prematurely fused areas, it does not make the brain grow more than it would to begin with.

In brief: Won't alter outcome

The skull is composed of many plates of bone separated by growth centers that "push away" from each other to allow the skull volume to increase.
If the brain does not enlarge, there is no pressure to expand the skull.By 9-10 yrs the adult head size is reached & growth centers fuse.Skull surgery is done to open prematurely fused areas, it does not make the brain grow more than it would to begin with.
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