Advances in craniosynostosis research and management

Adv Tech Stand Neurosurg. 2004:29:23-83. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7091-0558-0_2.


The purpose of the present paper is to analyze the most recent advances in the field of craniosynostosis basic and clinical research and management, and to give an overview of the more frequently adopted surgical strategies. After reviewing some basic concepts regarding normal craniofacial embryology and growth, aetiopathogenesis of craniosynostosis and craniofacial dysostosis, classification and diagnosis and historical evolution of surgical treatment, the authors elaborate on a selection of topics that have modified our current understanding of and therapeutical approach to these disease processes. Areas covered include advances in molecular biology and genetics, imaging techniques and surgical planning, resorbable fixation technology, bone substitutes and tissue engineering, distraction osteogenesis and the spring-mediated cranioplasties, resorbable distractor devices, minimally invasive surgery and in utero surgery. A review of the main subtypes of craniosynostosis and craniofacial dysostosis is presented, including their specific clinical features and a commentary on the presently available surgical options.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Craniosynostoses / complications
  • Craniosynostoses / etiology
  • Craniosynostoses / history
  • Craniosynostoses / surgery*
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Research
  • Surgery, Plastic / trends