What is Craniostenosis and What is the Treatment?

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Fontanelle or simply soft, this gap that is the space that the baby has between the bones of the cranial box and that serves as an aid as a spring function at the time of delivery, to facilitate passage through the vaginal canal even when the baby is still developing and allows the proper growth of the child’s brain. However, craniostenosis happens when the fontanelle closes prematurely, giving rise to problems for the baby.

Usually craniostenosis begins to appear at around 3, 4 months of life, a period when the brain is still forming and expanding within the cranial box. The problems that craniostenosis bring are all linked to this brain expansion, as the fontanelle closes ahead of time, early this space for the baby’s brain to grow is restricted and then he may have some neurological problems with normal brain development. In addition to compromising the cranial box with malformations, craniostenosis can favor, in more severe cases, brain compression can lead to neurological injuries and bring many risks to the child.

Craniostenosis does not have a concrete reason for it to happen, it can appear for several reasons, among them the use of some medications in pregnancy, genetic factors, malformation in the uterus or even an infection that the mother and baby may have during the child’s fetal development. . The disease can be diagnosed through imaging exams such as magnetic resonance imaging and also a simple x-ray, but the treatment has only one alternative: surgery.

Closed fontanelle surgery

The procedure consists of reconstructing the baby’s skull. Fontanelle surgery makes room for the brain to grow and is very invasive but it brings very satisfactory results. The child who undergoes the surgery has his craniostenosis resolved, as plaques are placed in the reconstruction of the head and the deformity, if any, becomes minimal and, most importantly, the cerebral compression is extinguished. The vast majority of cases are detected in the office during a routine visit with the pediatrician responsible for monitoring. If there is a suspicion of closed fontanelle, the mother will be instructed to take the child to a specialist, a pediatric neurologist and thus do more thorough examinations to have an accurate diagnosis. João son of Lorena is about to undergo surgery, after receiving the diagnosis of craniostenosis, he was referred for the procedure, see the testimony of Lorena Lima.

“Since its 2 months of life, the soft spot has been gradually closing. But at 4 months came the diagnosis that he had closed completely. We had to appoint a neurologist and then he ordered a 3D tomography and then we had the confirmation. In João’s case he will have to undergo surgery to reconstruct the cranial box to make room for the brain to develop. It is not being easy, knowing that he is apparently perfect, but we have to have the surgery to avoid further complications in the future. Every time I look at his face and remember that he’s going to have to open his little head, I’m already desperate, but God is in control of everything because he is a chosen one !! ”

Craniostenosis is easily diagnosed and the treatment is exclusively surgical so we will help João to have a normal life and to fully recover from craniostenosis.

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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