One of the most common concerns among parents of children with sagittal synostosis is the potential impact of this condition on their child’s cognitive development. There are at least 2 aspects to this concern. First, is sagittal synostosis associated with cognitive deficits at all? Second, can treatment have an impact on cognitive development in children with sagittal synostosis? Inherent in the second question is the fact that the type of treatment offered is inextricably linked to timing of treatment relative to the age of the child.
Bellew et al. provide a much-needed glimpse into these unresolved issues.1
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