Surgeons perform first-ever procedure on triplets with rare skull condition

( - A New York couple who was shocked to learn they were having triplet boys spent the first few weeks of their children’s lives in the neonatal intensive care unit learning about their rare skull condition, Craniosynostosis. And just nine weeks after their babies’ birth, first-time parents Amy and Michael Howard watched their three boys undergo corrective head surgery.

Craniosynostosis, a congential premature fusion of one or more sutures on a baby’s skull that threatens vision and brain growth. Craniosynostosis occurs in 1 in 2,500 births, meaning a diagnosis in all three babies was incredibly rare.

“Jackson, Hunter and Kaden all had endoscopic surgery, which typically takes between 90 and 180 minutes, and has an average hospital stay of one night,” Dr. David Chesler, the boys’ pediatric neurosurgeon at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, said in a news release.

The surgery is believed to be the first-ever performed on triplets and involves releasing the prematurely closed suture via two small incisions. For Hunter and Jackson, who are identical, the procedure corrected their Sagittal Synostosis, which is the most common form of Craniosynostosis. Their fraternal sibling, Kaden, underwent the procedure to address his Metopic Synostosis, which can result in a triangular-shaped forehead.

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