Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide variety of craniofacial conditions, including tumors, both common and rare craniofacial clefts, craniosynostosis (both isolated and as part of a syndrome), and other syndromes and disorders that have associated craniofacial malformations.

We also specialize in treating facial anomalies related to:

  • Overgrowth syndromes such as Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and hemihyperplasia
  • Atrophic conditions such as Binder syndrome, complex cutis aplasia, fat atrophy, linear scleroderma and Parry-Romberg syndrome
  • Craniofacial tumors such as dermoid cysts, encephalocele, fibrous dysplasia and neurofibromatosis

Learn more about these conditions:

1 - 10 of 30

Apert Syndrome

Apert syndrome is a genetic disease affecting the shape of the head and face that also includes anomalies of the limbs and hands.

Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by overgrowth. The syndrome occurs in 1 in 14,000 births affecting boys and girls equally.

Binder Syndrome

Binder syndrome is a rare congenital disease affecting the face, characterized by a flat, underdeveloped midface and flattened nose.

Cleft Lip and Palate

unilateral incomplete and complete

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects in which the mouth and lip do not close properly during prenatal development, also known as oral-facial clefts.

Complex Cutis Aplasia

Complex cutis aplasia is a rare disorder characterized by the absence of a portion of the skin on the scalp. Learn about how this condition is treated at CHOP.


Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the growth seams in an infant’s skull close too early, causing problems with normal brain and skull growth.

Crouzon Syndrome

Crouzon syndrome is a genetic condition in which the seams of the skull fuse in abnormal ways and affect the shape of the head and face.

Deformational Plagiocephaly

deformational-plagiocephaly illustration

Deformational plagiocephaly refers to a flattened, misshapen or asymmetrical head caused by repeated pressure to the same area of the skull.

Dermoid Cyst

A dermoid cyst is a pocket under the skin that fills with dead skin cells and forms a lump. Treatment typically includes surgery to remove the cyst.


An encephalocele is a neural tube defect that occurs when the tube that connects the brain and the spinal cord does not close completely during pregnancy.