As a prospective patient at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, you will meet with the craniofacial team. During this consultation, team members perform an examination, order the appropriate diagnostic tests, diagnose your condition, and prepare your treatment plan. Cleft and craniofacial disorders are diagnosed by evaluating your anatomical structures, medical history, development, radiographic studies, and results from genetic testing.
Accurate and timely diagnosis can have extremely significant implications for your health and long-term quality of life. You should schedule a focused craniofacial visit if you have one of the following symptoms:
- asymmetric head shape or face missing anatomical features
- unusual head shape
- unusually flat face
- facial irregularities that make speech or chewing difficult
in infants, signs and symptoms of intracranial pressure, including a full or bulging fontanel (soft spot located on the top of the head), excessive sleepiness compared to other infants of the same age, and excessive irritability or inability to be comforted compared to other infants of the same age
Radiology studies are typically ordered by the surgical team for diagnostic purposes and to plan your surgery. Some examples of these tests include:
Blood tests are often ordered to determine if a genetic disorder exists. Based on your family and medical history and your presenting signs and symptoms, a geneticist will recommend the best type of chromosomal analysis or genetic test for the you. The genetic test verifies whether your craniofacial disorder is associated with a genetic defect. Other blood tests may be ordered to rule out other possible causes for your cleft or craniofacial disorder.
Referrals and Consultations
The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Team may refer you to other specialists, such as cardiologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, or pulmonologists, as needed.
For more information, please call 602-406-FACE (602-406-3223).