Philly Daily News Features Craniosynostosis Patient

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Born with craniosynostosis, Brian Boyle was treated by CHOP's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where he underwent multiple surgeries before going on to become a student-athlete.

brian playing basketball March 15, 2013 — Brian Boyle was born with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes one or more sutures (soft spots) on a baby's head to fuse earlier than normal, altering the growth pattern of the skull. When he was just 5 weeks old, Brian underwent his first of five surgeries at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Surgeons Linton A. Whitaker, MD, and Scott P. Bartlett, MD, from CHOP's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery essentially took apart the bones surrounding Brian's brain and the upper part of his face, and restructured his skull, allowing room for his brain to expand. It was a long and difficult process, but Brian recovered well and went on to become a student-athlete at the University of the Sciences.