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Age at craniosynostosis surgery and its impact on ophthalmologic diagnoses—a single-center retrospective review

Bennett, Katelyn G. MD1; Vick, Alexis D. BS2; Ettinger, Russell E. MD1; Archer, Steven M. MD3; Vercler, Christian J. MD MA4; Buchman, Steven R. MD5

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: June 6, 2019 - Volume PRS Online First - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000005915
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Background: Ocular pathology in craniosynostosis is a persistent concern for patients and providers, and some surgeons feel that early surgical intervention for synostosis alleviates the progression of ophthalmologic abnormalities. In contradistinction, we hypothesize that operating early will have no bearing on post-operative ophthalmologic outcomes.

Methods: Single-suture craniosynostosis patients who underwent surgical correction between 1989 and 2015 were reviewed. Patients with multi-suture craniosynostosis, syndromic diagnoses, no pre-operative ophthalmology evaluation, and less than two years of follow-up were excluded. Logistic regression was used to determine odds of pre- and post-operative ophthalmologic abnormalities by age, while controlling for patient-level covariates.

Results: 172 patients met inclusion criteria. The median age at surgery was 10 months (IQR 7-12.9 months). Increasing age at the time of surgery was associated with increased odds of pre-operative ophthalmologic diagnoses (OR: 1.06; p=0.037) but not post-operative diagnoses (OR: 1.00; p=0.91). Increasing age at surgery was also not associated with increased odds of ophthalmologic diagnoses, regardless of timing (OR 1.04, p=0.08). Patients with coronal synostosis (OR 3.94, p=0.036) had significantly higher odds of pre-operative ophthalmologic diagnoses. Patients with metopic (OR: 5.60; p<0.001) and coronal (OR: 7.13; p<0.001) synostosis had significantly higher odds of post-operative ophthalmologic diagnoses.

Conclusions: After reviewing an expansive cohort, associations between both overall and postoperative ophthalmologic diagnoses with age at surgery were not found. Our findings thus run counter to the theory that early surgical intervention lessens the likelihood of post-operative ophthalmologic diagnoses and improves ophthalmologic outcomes.

1. House Officer, Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan

2. Medical Student, University of Toledo School College of Medicine and Life Sciences

3. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Michigan

4. Assistant Professor, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan

5. Professor, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan

This paper has not been presented at any meetings.

Financial Disclosure Statement: Katelyn G. Bennett is currently supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (1F32DE027604-01). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The authors have no other financial relationships to disclose.

Corresponding Author: Steven R. Buchman, MD, Craniofacial Surgery Office 4730 1540 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, P: 734-936-5895, F: 734-763-5354

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