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BMC's Physicians Treat Baby with Craniosynostosis

BMC's Physicians Treat Baby with Craniosynostosis


When Viviana noticed that her one month old daughter, Diana’s, head was misshapen, she decided to make an appointment at Boston Medical Center to meet with a specialist. She met with James Holsapple, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery at BMC, who examined Diana’s head and ordered a CT. The diagnoses was craniosynostosis: a birth defect in which one or more of the joints in the baby’s skull closes prematurely before the brain is fully formed. This causes a misshapen head to form as the brain can’t grow in its natural shape.

After diagnosis, Viviana took Diana to see some more specialists at BMC including Scharukh Jalisi, MD, FACS, Director of Head and Neck Surgery and Skullbase Surgery, who discussed treatment options with her. He explained that the treatment for Diana’s condition was with craniofacial reconstruction surgery but they would have to wait until she was at least six months old because of the expected blood loss during surgery.

In January 2013, at 6 months old, Diana underwent craniofacial reconstruction surgery. The three-hour procedure was a collaboration between the neurosurgery and head and neck/skull base surgery teams. Dr. Holsapple and Dr. Jalisi worked side-by-side in the operating room: correcting the malformation by separating the fused bones, which would, in turn, allow Diana’s head and brain to grow and develop normally.

Diana’s cranial reconstruction surgery was a success, and following a brief stay in the pediatric intensive care unit, she went home. “I felt safe in knowing that these doctors were performing my baby’s surgery,” said Viviana. “The care at Boston Medical Center was excellent. Dr. Jalisi and the rest of the doctors were great. I am very happy with the results. Diana is a year and a half old now and is doing well,” she added.

Today, Diana’s head is growing normally. She returns to BMC every six months to meet with Dr. Jalisi to make sure her growth continues to go normally.