Medical problems of untreated skull deformities

  • Every person has the right to their own image, symmetrical and proportionate.
  • The morphological repercussion is sometimes very severe, in some cases worse than in simple and complex craniosynostoses, a fact that will undoubtedly produce psychological problems already in early childhood and adolescence.
  • The functional repercussion in untreated cases can be important.

Miller and Clarren published that 39.8% of untreated plagiocephalies produce neurological maturational delay. Kordestani et al. (2006) studied 110 patients with untreated plagiocephaly and found that: 19% had medium psychomotor delays, 7% significant psychomotor delays, 7% medium cognitive delays, and 3% significant cognitive delays. Our professionals are conducting prospective studies in treated children to determine the degree of functional impairment by age, sex, type of deformity and severity of the same.

A very high percentage of plagiocephalies present it. Many times it goes unnoticed. The plane of the eyes and the height of the two ears deviated from the horizontal, the difficulty of turning to one side, the preference to always sleep on the same side, should make us suspect when an infant has a CMT. If looking at your child from behind you see a fold like the one in the photo, then it is almost certain that they have a torticollis.

It is important to treat it early, daily and for as long as necessary.

The sequelae of untreated or unresolved CMT are very serious because, in addition to the deformity of the skull produced by plagiocephaly, we must add the facial deformity caused by the deviation of the neck.

There is only one article that talks about alterations of auditory evoked potentials in plagiocephaly. More research is needed to determine the clinical significance of this study.

There are two articles that find visual defects in patients with plagiocephaly.

baby with plagiocephaly