Plagiocephaly, a condition that is observed by deformation of the head, comes as the result of different etiologies. The most serious involving premature fusion of one or more of the cranial sutures, a condition referred to as craniosynostosis. While children with craniosynostosis may be considered for developmental screening to determine whether they fall at risk for developmental delay, children with plagiocephaly are typically not seen as being at risk, their condition typically treated as a cosmetic problem. This study consisted of 85 children, 37 with plagiocephaly, 9 with craniosynostosis, and 39 nonclinical subjects. Results of this study suggest that children with plagiocephaly are at risk for neurodevelopmental delay. In fact, children with plagiocephaly were found to be at higher risk compared to children with craniosynostosis. Other outcomes are presented along with implications for additional research.
Edward Elmendorf III
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Skull -- abnormalities; Craniosynostoses -- complications; Risk Factors; Cranial Sutures -- abnormalities; Brain -- growth and development; Brain -- physiopathology.
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Fuentes, José Leonardo, "Plagiocephaly: Developmental and Medical Outcomes" (2002). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 862.
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