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Anatomy of the Newborn Skull

Overview of Craniofacial Anomalies

The Craniofacial Team

Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate

Craniosynostosis

Deformational Plagiocephaly

Hemifacial Microsomia

Vascular Malformations and Hemangiomas

Glossary

The word craniofacial is derived from the word cranio, referring to the skull or cranium, and facial, referring to the face. Anomaly is a medical term meaning irregularity or different from normal." Craniofacial anomalies (CFAs) are a group of deformities involving the growth of the head and facial bones. These anomalies are congenital, or present at birth, and vary in type and severity.

Picture of a doctor and nurse reviewing a patient

Experts agree that many factors contribute to the development of CFAs. Some CFAs are a result of genetic mutations, meaning that abnormal genes are inherited from 1 or both parents. Other CFAs may be a result of environmental factors, which scientists do not completely understand.

Research studies continue to focus on the normal gene and how a genetic mutation results in different anomalies. New methods of gene therapy are currently being developed.

Over the past several years, plastic and craniofacial surgeons have developed new surgical techniques and interventions for the care of the child with a CFA. Children with CFAs often have multiple problems that require the expertise of a multidisciplinary team. The multidisciplinary team provides for the medical, physical, and psychosocial needs of the child and the family.

Last Reviewed Date: 03/28/2014
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