In what period of a child’s life should the operation of craniosynostosis take place?
Will it have any impact on the child later in life?
The child should be seen by a specialist as soon as possible, because premature fuse by ossification by fibrous sutures of the skull creates bad conditions for the development of the brain – the brain doubles its size before the 7th month of age. At that time the operation should be done, and before the child finishes first year of age at latest. Of course we are able to carry out the procedure also past that period, because the head grows actively until the 3rd year of age. But the earlier the operation is done the better. A very important issue in the decision making of the necessity of conducting such procedure is a three-dimensional spiral CT reconstruction.