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J Pediatr Orthop B. 2013 May;22(3):275-81. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32835e38d6.

Treatment of deformational plagiocephaly and torticollis using a weight distribution ring: a report of three cases.

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Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK.


Plagiocephaly, from the Greek 'plagios' (slanting) and 'kephale' (head), refers to a condition of an infant's head deformation by forces acting upon a malleable cranium. Marked plagiocephaly causes distress and stigma towards the baby and their family and has knock-on effects with craniofacial abnormalities, visual-field defects and delay in motor skills, and may also cause developmental difficulties. Current treatment methods have multiple drawbacks. This small, illustrated case series presents a novel, cost-effective, practical first-line treatment using a horseshoe-shaped gel head ring to redistribute pressure, allowing uniform growth and reshaping. Our early experience suggests that this method represents an effective treatment option with promising results so far.

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