Raised Intracranial Pressure

ICP. You’ve read quite a bit about this topic and you have more questions.

How do you know if or when your child develops intracranial pressure and what do you do about it?

Elevated ICP is believed to promote hypovascularity in the approximate region of the fused suture, leading to hypoplasia of underlying brain tissue. Clinical formulations often refer to the reduction or prevention of elevated ICP as one of the primary reasons why cranioplastic surgery may reduce the probability of neurodevelopmental delay or deficits in infants with craniosynostosis.

Overall, it would appear that the elevated ICP hypothesis is at best modestly supported by available data, with uncertain implications for the causal relation between synostosis and brain growth.

The truth is, no one can tell you with or without certainty that your child has or may develop ICP due to Craniosynostosis without an invasive pressure monitoring procedure.

Single-Suture Craniosynostosis: A Review of Neurobehavioral Research and Theory