What is Craniosynostosis?
The normal skull consists of several plates of bone that are separated by sutures. The sutures are found between the bony plates in the head. As the infant grows and develops, the sutures close, forming a solid piece of bone, called the skull.
Craniosynostosis is a condition in which 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.
There are 4 different kinds of Craniosynostoses. Which are named based on the suture that has prematurely closed. The following are listed from the most common to rare.