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Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Treatment for Craniosynostosis

Treatment for Craniosynostosis

Treatment Options for Craniosynostosis

Once a diagnosis of craniosynostosis has been established, treatment options will be discussed with you by your craniofacial specialist team. There are two options when dealing with the diagnosis of craniosynostosis: observation and surgical intervention.

How to choose between observation and surgery

If the craniosynostosis is very mild, the child is on track With their development, and has no signs of increased intracranial pressure (ICP), then it is reasonable to observe the child for these red flags. If the child is behind in their developmental skills and / or showing signs of increased ICP, or there is a significant cosmetic defect.

Surgery

The type of surgery recommended will depend on the child's age.

Children

Children & Gt; 6 months:
An extensive, open approach to cranial vault remodeling. No helmet is required after surgery.

Craniosynostosis - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment of Craniosynostosis - NY Times Health Information
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Surgery is less extensive. What is expected after surgery?

Wound care is important to be familiar with before leaving the hospital. It is important to know how to properly clean the wound and what type of dressing should be applied. Also of importance are knowing the signs and symptoms of infection:

  • redness / red streaks around the wound
  • swelling Li> fever

It is important to keep your follow up visits after your surgery with your craniofacial specialists. You should contact them sooner if the wound becomes re-opened, there are signs of an infection present, or if you have any other questions or concerns.

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