In most cases, doctors can diagnose craniosynostosis with a physical exam, often at or shortly after birth. If the case is mild, for the first few months, providers may not be certain whether the head shape is just a normal variation or due to changes in the shape of the head from the birth process. Additional exams and, sometimes, scans can determine that the diagnosis is craniosynostosis. These include:

  • Physical exam: Doctors who specialize in synostosis can make the diagnosis based on characteristic features of the head and facial shape.
  • Imaging Studies: A three dimensional computerized tomography (CT) is sometimes helpful to identify which sutures have fused.
  • Genetic testing: This will be used if a doctor suspects an underlying genetic syndrome.

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