Facial reconstructions on a children with Crouzon Syndrome

Back in the day many mothers left newborns like this on a drafty window sill, outside, or any way to ensure the newborns death, without it being blatant murder, which i guess it was.

Crouzon syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by craniosynostosis of coronal and sagittal sutures. Crouzon syndrome is caused by mutation in the fibroblast growth factor receptor-2 (FGFR-2) gene. Other characteristic features of Crouzon syndrome include exophthalmos, midfacial hypoplasia, and mandibular prognathism. Read more


Photos show patients had been operated  by the late Dr. Alexander Stratoudakis founder of the Hellenic Craniofacial Center (HCC).


This guy is more than a doctor, he’s an artist.

Surgical repair

Because there is almost always a limitation of the capacity of the skull and the brain undergoes pressure, in infancy this pressure must be relieved with expansion (growth) of the cranial cavity. Usually the initial surgery is performed in the back area of the skull in parietal and occipital area (Parietal Decompression). A  few months later (if necessary) decompression in anterior part of the skull follows (fronto-orbital advancement). In this intervention the area of ocular conches is formed and exophthalmos is somewhat reduced. Finally, at the age of 10-12 years complete and permanent correction of the deformity and the functional problems are achieved by transferring the anterior part of the skull and face forward with Distraction Osteogenesis (fronto–orbital advancement). This operation can be done at an earlier age, if necessary, due to functional problems that require immediate solution (obstructive apnea, increased intracranial pressure causing decreased vision).

One more successful surgery in progress


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