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Scaphocephaly

Scaphocephaly results from the premature closure of the sagittal suture.  The sagittal suture, runs from front to back and in the anterior portion merges with the "soft-spot" of the child's skull.  The appearance of a child with Scaphocephaly is such that the head is elongated from front to back and narrowed from side to side.  Frequently the skull of these children does not expand at the same rate as the brain, and as such children with Scaphocephaly are prone to neurological disorders. 

Surgery to correct sagittal suture synostosis, is ideally performed between the ages of 3-12 months by a team of Craniofacial surgeons.  Dr.  Elliot Duboys, MD, Clinical Associate Professor is Co-Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at University Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York and works in close conjunction with Dr.  Michael Egnor, Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery.  The surgery results in a shorter and wider shaped skull. 

 

 

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