Child with and without 'flat-head' syndrome
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Warning over 'flat-head' syndrome treatment

12 January 2011 Last updated at 13:29 GMT

A leading brain surgeon is warning of the danger of corrective treatment for 'flat-head' syndrome.

The condition can be treated with specially moulded helmets, which help children who have the syndrome to develop with normally shaped heads.

But a specialist unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol is warning that the action could be unnecessary, and some patients with a different and potentially dangerous skull condition may be overlooked.

Matthew Hill reports.