plagiocephaly

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plagiocephaly

[‚plā·jē·ō′sef·ə·lē]
(medicine)
A type of strongly asymmetric cranial deformation, in which the anterior portion of one side and the posterior portion of the opposite side of the skull are developed more than their counterparts so that the maximum length of the skull is not in the midline but on a diagonal.
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The rest develop positional plagiocephaly from spending a lot of time in one position, usually on their backs.
Doctors still recommend that babies sleep on their backs as the benefit of reducing SIDS outweighs any dangers due to positional plagiocephaly.
n Reports estimate that positional plagiocephaly affects around half of all babies under a year old.
Since the recommendation in the early 1990s to place infants on their backs in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, there has been an increase in the incidence of positional plagiocephaly (a right- or left-sided occipital flattening) as indicated by referrals to paediatricians, neurosurgeons and craniofacial surgeons for advice and management.
It may be found that torticollis has aggravated potential positional plagiocephaly by preventing the head from turning 180[degrees].