Syndromic craniosynostosis can be identified in children born with specific gene mutations that cause syndromes such as Apert, Antley-Bixler, Crouzon, Seathre-Chotzen, Carpenter, Pfeiffer, Munke, and craniofrontonasal dysplagia. These gene mutations, typically FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3, TWIST1, or EFNB1, cause problems with bone development in the skull and face, as well as the hands and feet. There are variances of gene expressivity, but typically, bicoronal craniosynostosis is present which causes the head to be taller than average and flat in the front. The face can have a scalloped appearance with prominent eyes. In some syndromes, the fingers and toes are fused (syndactyly). Treating these complex syndromes requires a thorough multidisciplinary approach often including a pediatric neurosurgeon, geneticist, and other specialties such as pediatric surgery and otolaryngology. Dr. Snider will help facilitate the ideal team for your child, and work closely with you and your family to create the best short and long-term plan to reform and restore your child’s appearance and functional abilities. Your child’s bone structure will require surgical intervention during a time of growth and development, and therefore, it is imperative to have a strategic plan regarding the type and timing of each procedure for the greatest safety, success and lasting result. Dr. Snider is devoted to providing a lasting positive contribution to you and to the life of your child.
“Children are remarkably resilient and courageous. I want to soften the burden for those children born with congenital medical conditions and give them as normal of a life as possible. Doing the right procedure at the right time can lessen the burden and provide better lasting results.”