deformational plagiocephaly


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deformational plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly on one side the skull of an infant, usually after repeatedly sleeping in a single position, e.g. on the infant's back, to prevent SIDS.

It can usually be treated nonoperatively by repositioning the developing infant frequently, or by having the child wear a protective, adjustable helmet while resting.

Synonym: positional plagiocephaly
See also: plagiocephaly
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It is also called positional or deformational plagiocephaly.
Located in Dallas (Addison), the STAR Cranial Center of Excellence uses the latest technology to provide the highest quality cranial products and services to infants with deformational plagiocephaly.
Positional or deformational plagiocephaly is a disorder that has been defined as asymmetry of the skull resulting from abnormal forces acting on a normally developing cranium.
STAR Cranial Center of Excellence practitioners offer an unparalleled level of expertise in treating infants with deformational plagiocephaly, which is the flattening of one side of the head, as well as related conditions, such as brachycephaly, which is the flattening and widening of the back side of the head.
Due to a cramped position in the womb, Elle developed deformational plagiocephaly, or flattening of the skull.