Asymmetric skull shapes: diagnostic and therapeutic consideration

J Craniofac Surg. 2003 Sep;14(5):696-9. doi: 10.1097/00001665-200309000-00017.


The asymmetric skull shape, or plagiocephaly has become of particular concern since the advent of the "Back to Sleep Campaign," as increasing numbers of children present with this deformity within the first year of life. In this article we review the diagnosis and treatment options for the management of various forms of plagiocephaly. Of particular concern are the various forms of craniosynostosis which may be mistaken for deformational plagiocephaly.

MeSH terms

  • Craniosynostoses / diagnosis*
  • Craniosynostoses / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Occipital Bone / pathology*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / instrumentation*
  • Sleep
  • Supine Position