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Did you know that your baby’s skull isn’t a single, solid entity—it’s actually made up of several bony plates? Between those plates are fibrous joints called sutures.
Normally, the sutures in a developing infant’s skull fuse in a gradual process over time. However, sometimes the fusing occurs too early. This is a medical problem known as craniosynostosis.
One type of craniosynostosis is called metopic synostosis (also referred to as trigonocephaly or metopic suture craniosynostosis). A prominent ridge along the forehead by itself is often a normal finding, but children with metopic synostosis from premature fusing of the metopic suture have a triangular shape to the forehead. To summarize with metopic synostosis:
As with any type of craniosynostosis, metopic synostosis can carry a risk of other complications … but it’s important to remember that every child is different, and the condition can vary widely in its severity.
Here are a few more important facts about metopic synostosis:
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches metopic synostosis
Children’s treats hundreds of patients with metopic synostosis and other types of craniosynostosis every year in our Craniofacial Anomalies Program.
Drawing on our extensive experience treating these disorders in young patients, we will use a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the right treatment for your child's specific symptoms and circumstances.
If, after evaluation, your child is determined to need treatment for his metopic synostosis, members of his Craniofacial Anomalies Program care team may include:
Working together, our team will develop a customized treatment plan that meets your child's physical, emotional and social needs—and one that involves you and your family at every step of the way.
Metopic synostosis: Reviewed by Mark R. Proctor, MD
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