What is a craniofacial condition?

A craniofacial condition is a condition that affects the way in which the skull and face grow.

The condition could be present before birth, caused by the genes. Or it might develop later in life because of an illness or injury.

The skull is the part of the body that protects the brain. Surgery on the skull and face is so intricate it often requires more than one surgeon.

In one operation there might be surgeons who specialise in:

  •   the skull itself
  •   the soft tissues like the muscle and skin 
  •   the nerves 
  •   controlling the flow of the blood

In order to treat craniofacial conditions as well as possible, these specialist surgeons and other health experts need to be working together in one place.

There are places in the UK, known as super-regional centres, where the craniofacial experts are based. These are among the best in the world and work together to create national standards.

They are:

  •  Birmingham Children's Hospital
  •  Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
  •  Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
  •  Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey

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