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ICD10 = ICD10|Q|67|3|q|65
ICD9 = ICD9|754.0

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Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. [DorlandsDict|six/000082940|plagiocephaly]


It is a common finding at birth and may be the result of a restrictive intrauterine environment. If there is premature union of skull bones, this is more properly called craniosynostosis. The unusual head shape in plagiocephaly is caused by pressure in the womb giving a "diamond" shaped head when seen from above. In pronounced cases there may be flattening of one side of the chest as well.


As the child's head grows rapidly after birth, this visible inequality nearly always gets much less marked as the first year progresses.

ee also

* Positional plagiocephaly


External links

* [ NINDS Overview]
* [ Information about plagiocephaly in Europe]
* [ UK Based Parents Resource and Support Group]
* [ Information on plagiocephaly and available treatments]
* [ Creative Ideas for Children with Plagiocephaly]

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  • Plagiocephaly — Pla gi*o*ceph a*ly, n. (Anat.) Oblique lateral deformity of the skull. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plagiocephaly — noun congenital malformation of the skull in which the main axis of the skull is oblique • Hypernyms: ↑deformity, ↑malformation, ↑misshapenness, ↑birth defect, ↑congenital anomaly, ↑congenital defect, ↑congenital disorder, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • plagiocephaly — plagiocephalic /play jee oh seuh fal ik/, plagiocephalous, adj. /play jee euh sef euh lee/, n. Med. a deformity of the skull in which one side is more developed in the front, and the other side is more developed in the rear. Also, plagiocephalism …   Universalium

  • plagiocephaly — noun A congenital condition where the skull suffers an oblique malformation …   Wiktionary

  • plagiocephaly — An asymmetric craniostenosis due to premature closure of the lambdoid and coronal sutures on one side; characterized by an oblique deformity of the skull. SYN: asynclitism of the skull, plagiocephali …   Medical dictionary

  • plagiocephaly — n. deformed skull, incorrectly formed skull …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plagiocephaly — pla·gi·o·ceph·a·ly …   English syllables

  • plagiocephaly — n. any distortion or lack of symmetry in the shape of the head, usually due to irregularity in the closure of the sutures between the bones of the skull …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Positional plagiocephaly — Positional plagiocephaly, also known as deformational plagiocephaly[1] or flathead syndrome,[2] is a condition most commonly found in infants and is characterized by a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in one… …   Wikipedia

  • occipital plagiocephaly — positional plagiocephaly plagiocephaly with flattening in the occipital region, sometimes related to an infant s continual lying on the back; a unilateral type is seen with torticollis …   Medical dictionary

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