Plagiocephaly refers to a type of craniosynostosis in which there is an asymmetric coronal and/or lambdoid sutures premature closure. It can either be single or asymmetric multiple. Premature coronal suture closure is associated with the Harlequin eye deformity.

It should not be confused with positional plagiocephaly, which is a calvarial deformation that results from external pressure and is not associated premature suture synostosis.

The term originates from the greek words plágios, meaning slanting or oblique, and kephalos, meaning head.

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rID: 19073
Section: Pathology
Tags: stub, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Plagiocaphalic skull
  • True plagiocephaly

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