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Can a radiologist differentiate wormian bones from fractures in an infants skull?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Yes: Wormian bones are small bones mainly occurring in the lambdoid sutures of the skull. These can be normal variants and usually do not mimic fractures. Excessive wormian bones are associated with certain congenital syndromes such as osteogenesis imperfect, menke syndrome, cleidocranial dysostosis, and pyknodysostosis to name a few which are quite rare. Usually involve defective mineralization.
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Wormian bones are small pieces of bones that lie between the normal sutures of infants skulls. They can be markers for several other diseases.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can a radiologist easily see wormian bones in an infant's skull?

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Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology 16 years experience
Yes: Usually yes - visible on radiograph and ct.

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