The normal skull consists of several plates of bone that are separated by sutures. The sutures (fibrous joints) are found between the bony plates in the head. As an infant grows and develops, the sutures close and the bones fuse together, forming a solid piece of bone (the skull).
Craniosynostosis is a condition in which one or more of the sutures close too early, causing problems with normal brain and skull growth. Premature closure of the sutures may also cause the pressure inside of the head to increase and the skull or facial bones to change from a normal, symmetrical appearance.
The Craniosynostosis Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children with:
- Premature fusion of cranial sutures
- Abnormal head shape
- Head anomalies
Our multidisciplinary approach to care includes pediatric craniofacial, neurosurgical and plastic surgery experts who provide leading-edge approaches to treating children with craniosynostosis and other head anomalies.