Scaphocephaly (scafe-oh-kef-alley) describes a long thin head shape, sometimes called Dolichocephaly (doll-ee-co-kef-alley), caused by the premature fusion of the sagittal suture which joins together the two parietal bones of skull. The word comes from the Greek ‘skaphe’ for ‘keel-shaped’, describing the underside of a boat, and ‘kephale’ meaning ‘head’.
When a baby has this, parents may also notice that their baby’s ears are not aligned. As the condition can be related to a synostosis (the fusion of two bones), scaphocephaly treatment might not involve a cranial helmet as corrective helmets rely on malleable skulls in order to be effective. The condition of synostotic scaphocephaly is related to a head shape that is unable to grow in the width. However, the term can be interchangeable with a deformational condition.
The term dolichocephaly is usually associated with a head shape that premature babies develop to describe a long thin head shape. This self-corrects once a baby is strong enough to begin supporting their own head.
We cannot treat conditions relating to a synostosis with our cranial remoulding treatment. However, if the suture is open, then we can do so. Our specialist clinicians can offer the best scaphocephaly treatment advice.
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