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Conservative, helmet therapies effective for positional cranial deformation in infants

March 6, 2015

Conservative repositioning treatment, with or without physical therapy, and helmet therapy were found to be effective for the correction of positional cranial deformation in a cohort of infants, according to recently published study data.

Researchers assigned 4,378 infant patients with deformational plagiocephaly and/or deformational brachycephaly to conservative (repositioning therapy in 383 patients, repositioning plus physical therapy in 2,998 patients) or helmet therapy (997 patients). Follow-up occurred until patients achieved complete correction, defined as a diagonal difference of less than 5 mm and/or a cranial ratio of less than 0.85, or 18 months. The researchers calculated patients’ rates of correction and identified independent risk factors for failure through the use of multivariate analysis.

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