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Classification and external resources
Specialty medical genetics
ICD-10 Q75.0
ICD-9-CM 756.0

Oxycephaly, also known as turricephaly,[1] acrocephaly,[1] hypsicephaly,[1] oxycephalia,[1] steeple head,[1] tower head,[1] tower skull, high-head syndrome and Turmschädel,[2] is a type of cephalic disorder where the top of the skull is pointed or conical due to premature closure of the coronal suture plus any other suture, like the lambdoid,[3] or it may be used to describe the premature fusion of all sutures.[2] It should be differentiated from Crouzon syndrome. Oxycephaly is the most severe of the craniosynostoses.

Common associations[edit]

It may be associated with:[4]

  • 8th cranial nerve lesion
  • Optic nerve compression
  • Mental retardation
  • Syndactyly

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mosby's Medical Dictionary (8th ed.). Elsevier. 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Bodian, Martin (May 6, 1950). "Oxycephaly.". Journal of the American Medical Association. 143 (1): 15–8. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910360017006. PMID 15415226. 
  3. ^ "oxycephaly". TheFreeDictionary. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Weerakkody, Yuranga; Goel, Ayush. "Oxycephaly". Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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