Pediatric Skull and Spine Deformities

This information is useful for children
A newborn with a skull and spine deformity is comforted by his mother.

A child’s head may be misshapen for a number of reasons, including growth patterns and pressure on the skull before, during, and after birth. Spinal deformities in children, often identified when they are older, are usually marked by a curvature or rounding of the spine, or a weakening or fracture in parts of the spine. Those conditions all require careful monitoring. Some are resolved through surgery, which can clear the way for normal growth and development.

At Yale Medicine, doctors work with several different departments to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment for patients.