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Correction of the skull shape of newborns and children (Department of Neurosurgery, Wedau-Clinic, Professor Hassler)

The neurosurgery Wedau-Clinic has extensive experience in the correction of the skull shape. During 10 years Professor Sholz has conducted more than 500 operations of the patients with this pathology.

There are many congenital malformations of the skull. Scaphocephalus is considered to be most often (see the images):

Before the operation (the 5-month baby)

The baby's skull looked so in the computerized tomography images before the operation..

The same baby after the surgical correction of the skull shape at the age of 1 year. As you can see, the skull shape became normal and the rhaphe is almost invisible due to his hair.

The baby's skull looked so in the computerized tomography images after the operation at the age of 1 year. Comparing the upper and lower images, you can see the difference of the skull shape. There is an excellent result.

If the disease has an advanced stage, the skull shape may be different, for example:

The baby at the age of 8 months before the operation

The skull shape before the operation in the CT image

The same child at the age of 2.5 years after the operation

The skull shape of the child at the age of 2.5 years after the operation in the CT image.

There are many variations of disturbances of the development of the skull shape, which can be divided into at least 10 groups. Each of these groups requires an individual approach in the diagnosis and treatment.

 

Examples of disturbances of the development of the skull shape in children

 

The reasons of disturbances of the development of the skull shape in newborns and children are:

Approximately 4-6 among 10.000 babies have disturbances of the development of the skull shape for various reasons. Typically, it is a congenital abnormality occurring during the development of the fetus. There is the uneven fusion of the bone joints leading to the change in the skull shape with further growth of the brain. Approximately 5-6 percent of these patients have genetic diseases. The late treatment of this pathology leads to the marked cosmetic defects in the growing child. In some cases, the children's mental development may be complicated.

When is best of all to conduct the operations to correct the skull shape?

  • In most cases it is necessary to carry out the operation in the early stage when the baby is 4-6 months old. In complicated cases, the term of the operation should be selected individually, for example in case of the Crusoe syndrome.

  • It is connected with the peculiarity of the brain, which increases its volume and mass almost by fifty percent during 6 months.

  • The best cosmetic results are achieved with the operations in the period of 4-6 months.

The necessary diagnosis before the operation of correct the skull shape is:

  • Computer tomography with the reconstruction of the skull

  • Conclusion of the ophthalmologist

  • In rare cases, electroencephalogram and magnetic resonance tomography

  • Genetic conclusion in case of assumption of certain genetic syndromes

A whole examination of children in the Wedau-Clinic is possible in case of difficulties with the primary diagnosis. The child may be discharged from the hospital after removal of sutures, which takes place in 10-14 days after the surgery.

 

If you have any questions about the treatment of skull development abnormalities in children at the Wedau-Clinic,
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