Programs & Services

Craniofacial Program 

The Craniofacial Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive program focused on providing multidisciplinary care in the evaluation, management and treatment for infants and children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.

Under the leadership of Ruth Bristol, MD a dedicated team of pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, audiologists, plastic surgeons, psychologists, and speech pathologists collaborate to help children with craniofacial conditions and their families every step of the way. Craniofacial surgery is performed using minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques.

 

About Craniofacial Conditions

"Craniofacial" includes the bones of the head (cranium or skull) and the face.  Craniofacial conditions can be present at birth or they could occur due to injuries to the face or head.

Craniofacial conditions include:

  • Apert syndrome
  • cleft lip
  • cleft palate
  • craniosynotosis
  • Goldenhar syndrome
  • jaw fractures
  • plagiocephaly or flattened head

These conditions may cause difficulty with speech, vision or auditory difficulties. A child may also have difficulty eating, and or breathing. 

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