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Vanderbilt Craniofacial Treatment Center

Craniosynostosis

 A child's skull grows very rapidly during the first two years of life. Premature fusion or interruption of growth along one of the growth centers in the skull can result in severe cranial deformities. A child who is progressing with asymmetry or an abnormal formation of the cranium may need to have suture release and frontal bone advancement performed to allow the head to grow normally.

Surgery to correct craniosynostosis is best performed within the first three to six months of life. This enables us to take advantage of the natural pattern of skull growth in the child's first two years of life. If not treated at an early age, the severity of these deformities increases, which inhibits function and requires increasingly more extensive reconstructive surgery.  

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