Craniosynostosis - Diagnosis 

Diagnosing craniosynostosis 

Craniosynostosis can usually be diagnosed by a paediatrician (specialist in treating children) after a visual examination of your baby's head. 

Any severe distortions of the skull or face will be apparent, and the existence of ridges over fused sutures or misalignment of the ears will also provide evidence of craniosynostosis.

An X-ray of the skull may be taken to confirm a diagnosis of craniosynostosis.

Computerised tomography (CT) scan

A computerised tomography (CT) scan is the most detailed method of assessing the condition of your child's skull. A CT scan involves taking a series of X-rays and using a computer to reassemble them into a more detailed image.

CT scans are usually only required to plan some types of surgery or if the diagnosis of craniosynostosis is in doubt.

Read more about CT scans.

If your child has other birth defects that suggest craniosynostosis may be part of a wider syndrome, such as Apert syndrome, a sample of their blood, hair or saliva may be taken and tested for any genetic mutations.

Page last reviewed: 22/08/2012

Next review due: 22/08/2014

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CT scan

A CT scan uses a series of X-rays to produce very detailed pictures of the inside of your body