ALEXANDER TSIARAS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALEXANDER TSIARAS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The blue defect in the bottom left scan represents a section of bone from the right forehead removed by the surgeon; the surrounding bones will close naturally in time. In a normal infant, grooves running down the skull act as expansion joints during the first year to accommodate a growing brain. In this child, a fused groove (cranial suture) was causing uneven growth & progressive deformity. Various 3-D reconstructions were used in planning & simulating the operation.
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