Post-operative use of remoulding orthoses following cranial vault remodelling: a case series

Prosthet Orthot Int. 2007 Dec;31(4):327-41. doi: 10.1080/03093640601058188.


The use of external orthoses following surgical cranial vault remodelling in infants with craniosynostosis was first described in the 1980s. While a few preliminary reports have been published on its use, there are no reports outlining specific orthotic considerations. The purpose of this paper is to present the orthotic community with an introduction to the various craniosynostoses, the resultant cranial morphologies, and specific orthotic considerations associated with these morphologies, including trigocephaly, frontal plagiocephly, brachycephaly, scapholocephaly, and occipital plagiocephaly. For each presentation, guidelines are presented as to where the cranial remoulding orthosis should maintain contact, thereby discouraging cranial growth, and where the voids should be established and maintained to allow for corrective cranial growth. Principles are supported by photographs of representative cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bone Development
  • Cephalometry
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Craniosynostoses / pathology
  • Craniosynostoses / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Postoperative Care / instrumentation*
  • Treatment Outcome