Dr. Lawrence Herman
Assessment of a child with an abnormally shaped head is an important skill for the primary care provider to possess. Differentiating a patient with a benign condition, such as deformational positional plagiocephaly, that can be treated conservatively and a patient with a surgical condition that requires referral to a specialist, such as craniosynostosis, must be accurately and promptly recognized to prevent a delay in care. Minimally-invasive surgical techniques have proven to be beneficial in treating patients with craniosynostosis but can only be offered before a certain age. The astute clinician can develop the skills to identify the patterns of head growth and make a correct and timely diagnosis.
Identify the difference between deformational positional plagiocephaly (DPP) and craniosynostosis based on history and physical examination.
Know when to order imaging and when to refer the patient to a craniofacial specialist.
Recognize the advantages of early diagnosis and available treatment options.
Crawford R. Craniosynostosis: Evaluation of the Abnormally-shaped Head. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2022; 4(2).
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