Conspicuous and/or Abnormal Head Shape

  • Georges L. Kaiser


Abnormal head shape attracts attention of parents and physicians mainly in neonates and infants because the hair does not cover the deformity as later in life. On the other hand, the family becomes used to the abnormal head shape with time.

After discussion of the head that is too large in chapter “macrocrania,” remain the causes of deviation from the normal shape of the neurocranium such as abnormal proportions or right-left asymmetry without or with involvement of the facial skeleton.

Because craniosynostoses (premature closure of one or more sutures) are in the form of interest due to the possibility of surgical correction, the other causes of conspicuous or abnormal head shape are explained in the differential diagnosis of the single craniosynostoses and listed in Table 4.1.


Head Shape Skull Defect Lambdoid Suture Sagittal Synostosis Syndromic Craniosynostosis 
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General: Genetics, Functional Loss, Hydrocephalus, Radiological Imaging

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Section 4.1 Single-Suture Synostosis, Functional Evaluation, Intracranial Pressure

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Section 4.1.1 Sagittal Synostosis

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Section 4.1.3 Metopic Synostosis

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Section 4.1.4 Lambdoid Synostosis

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Section 4.2 Pansynostosis

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Section 4.3 Syndromic Synostosis

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Sections 4.4–4.5

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges L. Kaiser
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  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Surgery InselspitalUniversity of BerneBerneSwitzerland

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