In deformational Plagiocephaly, the skull bones are all formed normally; there is no premature fusion of the skull bones. Craniosynostosis is when one or more of the skull bones have joined or fused together too soon. Skull x-rays or a CT scan of the head usually is performed to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment for deformational Plagiocephaly is reviewed below. Surgical treatment options for craniosynostosis are determined after careful evaluation by the craniofacial team.
|HEAD SHAPE:||Asymmetrical||Asymmetrical—Unusual Appearance|
|CAUSED BY:||Baby’s head flattened by repeated pressure to same area||Skull bone sutures fused prematurely|
|PREMATURE FUSION OF CRANIAL SUTURES?||NO||YES|
|DIAGNOSIS:||Exam, cranial surface scan||Possible skull x-ray, CT Scan, and exam by craniofacial team|
|TREATMENT:||Tummy time, repositioning, physical therapy and possible cranial remolding helmet||Usually surgery, sometimes in association with post-op cranial remolding helmet|