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Do babies with fused bones in their skull need surgery?

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Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Premature fusion of the skull bones in an infant will not allow the skull and brain to grow normally and will lead to disfigurement.
Surgical correction can range from something as simple as opening the line of fusion to a complex reconstruction.

In brief: Yes.

Premature fusion of the skull bones in an infant will not allow the skull and brain to grow normally and will lead to disfigurement.
Surgical correction can range from something as simple as opening the line of fusion to a complex reconstruction.
Dr. Brian Struyk
Dr. Brian Struyk
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Craniosynostosis

They often require surgery to allow the skull to grow.
A board certified craniofacial plastic surgeon would be the doctor to speak to.

In brief: Craniosynostosis

They often require surgery to allow the skull to grow.
A board certified craniofacial plastic surgeon would be the doctor to speak to.
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma
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Dr. Bin Sung
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If skull bones are fused, it's called craniosynostosis.
It needs to be separated in order for the brain to grow.

In brief: Yes

If skull bones are fused, it's called craniosynostosis.
It needs to be separated in order for the brain to grow.
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Seek a consultation form a craniofacial plastic surgeon.

In brief: Sometimes

Seek a consultation form a craniofacial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth.
If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result & surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position & improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it.

In brief: Yes

There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth.
If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result & surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position & improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Possibly

Craniosynostosis are associated with several syndromes.
The baby would need to be evaluated by their pediatrician and surgeon to determine need and timing of surgeries.

In brief: Possibly

Craniosynostosis are associated with several syndromes.
The baby would need to be evaluated by their pediatrician and surgeon to determine need and timing of surgeries.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics

In brief: No

This answer depends on the amount of fusion, the location, and the bones involved.
There are some genetic disorders that lend to large fusions, creating very abnormal skulls. Crouzon's disease is one such disorder. If fusion is detected or found on imaging, immediate follow up with a neurosurgeon and geneticist is required to help make that decision.

In brief: No

This answer depends on the amount of fusion, the location, and the bones involved.
There are some genetic disorders that lend to large fusions, creating very abnormal skulls. Crouzon's disease is one such disorder. If fusion is detected or found on imaging, immediate follow up with a neurosurgeon and geneticist is required to help make that decision.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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