Conditions treated by the Craniofacial Unit

The Craniofacial Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is one of four supra-regional funded centres in England. Our multidisciplinary team diagnoses and treats all forms of craniosynostosis as well as other conditions affecting the skull and face. The skull is made up of several ‘plates’ of bone which, when we are born, are not tightly joined together. The seams where the plates join are called ‘sutures’. As we grow older, the sutures gradually fuse (stick) together, usually after all head growth has finished. When a child has craniosynostosis, the sutures fuse before birth. It can affect one suture or several.

When only one suture is affected, it is called simple or single suture craniosynostosis but when more than one suture is affected, it is called ‘complex craniosynostosis’. This may happen as part of a syndrome (collection of symptoms often seen together), and so may be referred to as ‘syndromic’ as well.

Craniofacial conditions treated by the Craniofacial Unit at GOSH

Members of the multidisciplinary team have developed the following information sheets for families explaining more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of specific craniofacial conditions.

Simple or single suture craniosynostosis

Complex or syndromic craniosynostosis

Other craniofacial conditions

Information sheets about treatment options available at GOSH