An unusual condition in which the edges of the skull bones grow together prematurely. At birth the skull is made of up of several plates of bone. It is not a single, solid bone, but rather plates of bone connected by soft expandable tissue. The spaces between the bone plates allow the skull to expand as the brain grows. When the brain has stopped growing, the bony plates fuse. If the plates fuse too early, they prevent the skull from expanding normally and the skull will often appear abnormally shaped. This condition usually requires major surgery to correct.
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