How is craniosynostosis diagnosed?
Many children with craniosynostosis display visible symptoms—namely, a misshapen, enlarged or asymmetrical head and skull—at birth. Other times, a child’s craniosynostosis is diagnosed during a routine physical examination.
Once an initial finding of craniosynostosis is made, your clinician may take the following steps to confirm the diagnosis:
- obtaining a full family medical history
- determining whether your child is experiencing any developmental delays or other problems in meeting age-appropriate milestones
- measuring the circumference of your child’s head and plotting these measurements on a graph to detect unusual patterns
- ordering x-rays, pictures taken with small doses of radiation
- ordering a computed tomography (CT) scan, a non-invasive procedure using x-ray equipment and powerful computers to create detailed images of particular parts of the body
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