January 13, 2023
“Our Neurosurgery Service has a team of professionals with extensive experience in the care of these congenital conditions. Among the exams that help us in the diagnosis of craniosynostosis are computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, in addition to the physical exam and genetic tests to rule out that it is a genetic syndrome. According to the study of each case, the need for surgical intervention will be evaluated,” says Dr. Rolando Lovatón, pediatric neurosurgeon of our clinic.
What is craniosynostosis?
It is a birth disorder where the joints (sutures) of the skull bones fuse or close prematurely before the baby’s brain is fully formed.
What are its symptoms?
The symptoms that can be observed in the baby are cranial deformity, the soft part of the head becomes hard even if it is a baby, growth of the head circumference that stops.
What are its causes?
In the vast majority of cases, the cause is unknown, however, it may be associated with genetic alterations and be caused by rare and infrequent syndromes.
What complications can arise if it is not treated in time?
Our specialist recommends:
Going to a pediatric neurosurgeon when a cranial deformity or the stopping of head circumference growth is observed, to determine if the problem is solely postural or requires more specialized treatment, through skull surgery. This intervention will allow for correction of the skull’s shape, ensuring that it grows correctly.
Dr. Rolando Lovatón
Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Clínica Ricardo Palma