Plagiocephaly, Craniosynostosis, and Genetic Syndromes

Abnormal Head Shape and Skull Deformity

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Babies who develop an abnormal head shape should be evaluated early in infancy to determine if the cause is plagiocephaly -- the medical term for flat spots due to pressure -- or a more serious condition such as craniosynostosis, which occurs when the skull bones don't fuse normally. Duke pediatric experts evaluate your child to determine the cause of their abnormal head shape and the extent of treatment needed. We work with you and your child to minimize the impact of an abnormal head shape on their physical and developmental growth.