Discussion of Positional plagiocephaly
- Calvarial deformation that results from external pressure after birth when an infant is consistently placed in the same position for rest and sleep.
- Can be marked in very premature infants, whose heads become flattened and scaphocephalic when they are positioned on their side for mechanical ventilation.
- American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that neonates and infants be placed to sleep on their backs in order to decrease the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome.
- This has lead to an increase in posterior positional plagiocephaly.
- Normal outward pressure from brain growth, most marked in the first 2 years of life, provides sufficient stimulus for remodeling once the child is old enough to roll from side to side or sit up, even with support.
 Imaging Findings for Positional plagiocephaly
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 References for Positional plagiocephaly
- Ronald B. J. Glass, Sandra K. Fernbach, Karen I. Norton, Paul S. Choi, and Thomas P. Naidich. The Infant Skull: A Vault of Information. RadioGraphics 2004 24: 507-522.