Cleft-Craniofacial Center Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Cleft-Craniofacial Center Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Phone: 412-692-8650
Address: 4401 Penn Ave.,
Location: Pittsburgh

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The Department of Neurological Surgery's Pediatric Division is an active participant in the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Children with presumed synostosis of a single suture, such as the sagittal suture, undergo an initial neurosurgical evaluation. Children with complex synostosis are evaluated by the entire craniofacial team, which includes consultants from plastic surgery, ophthalmology, genetics, oral-maxillofacial surgery, dentistry and otolaryngology.

After an evaluation by the craniofacial team and performance of detailed 3-dimensional craniofacial imaging studies, the team meets to discuss the appropriate treatment options in order to optimally tailor the therapeutic approach to the child’s craniofacial problem. Treatment decisions are made after a thorough discussion with the family about the risks and benefits of the various surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches.

Ongoing studies are examining the efficacy of molding orthoplastic helmets as an alternative to surgery in patients with deformational skull anomalies and exploring the utility of endoscopy as a means for optimizing the cosmetic outcome in patients with coronal synostosis. Because children with complex synostosis often require a staged approach to the treatment of their cranial, midfacial and lower facial deformities, close multidisciplinary follow-up is maintained throughout childhood and adolescence in order to optimize long-term functional and cosmetic outcome.


The Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC takes a team approach to evaluating and treating children with a wide variety of congenital or acquired craniofacial conditions. The team includes specialists from Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Medical Genetics, Dentistry, and Ophthalmology. The team strives to achieve optimal appearance, speech, hearing, and psychosocial development at the earliest possible age. For more than 50 years, the center has been a world-renowned pioneer in the treatment of patients with clefts and craniofacial anomalies. It is the largest facility of its kind in the region, seeing more than 3,000 patients a year for evaluation and treatment.

Regionally, nationally, and globally, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies, and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Children's Hospital has fulfilled this mission since its founding in 1890. Children's is named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 7th among children's hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2011) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's "Best Children's Hospitals" for 2013 - 2014.


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