Intracranial pressure in craniostenosis

J Neurosurg. 1982 Sep;57(3):370-7. doi: 10.3171/jns.1982.57.3.0370.


In this study, intracranial pressure (ICP) was recorded with an epidural sensor for periods of 12 to 24 hours in 92 cases of craniosynostosis. Pre- and postoperative recordings were performed in 23 patients, and 55 children underwent preoperative psychometric testing. The ICP was found to be normal in one-third of the cases, was obviously elevated in one-third, and was borderline in one-third. Waves of increased ICP were recorded during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. After surgery, ICP decreased progressively and returned to normal in several weeks. A significant statistical relationship was found between the patients' ICP and their mental level: the higher the ICP the lower the mental level. The regression curve of ICP as a function of age shows that ICP is maximal at the age of 6 years and decreases later. The significance of these results is discussed. The authors recommend that ICP be recorded in cases of craniosynostosis since it is of some help in deciding whether patients should undergo surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniosynostoses / physiopathology*
  • Craniosynostoses / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intelligence
  • Intracranial Pressure
  • Male
  • Postoperative Period
  • Sleep
  • Sleep, REM