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What is a metopic suture?

What is a metopic suture?

Frontal Suture: It is a misnomer because it disappears by the age of 5 or 6 and due to the presence of dense connective tissue at the frontal suture on skull. ...Read more

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My child was born without metopic ridge, yet a definitive ridge has now formed. Her head growth has been normal. She is now 1. Should I be concerned?

My child was born without metopic ridge, yet a definitive ridge has now formed. Her head growth has been normal. She is now 1. Should I be concerned?

See pediatrician: It may not be anything to worry about, but your pediatrician should evaluate not only the child's head growth (head circumference) but also the shape of the head. Just having a ridge in and of itself does not always mean that something is wrong, but when it associated with an abnormality of the shape of the skull, it can be a problem. ...Read more

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My child has craniosynostosis (metopic), are there any options other than surgery?

My child has craniosynostosis (metopic), are there any options other than surgery?

Metopic synostosis: Surgery is really the only option at present. Surgery for metopics is really based on how severe the synostosis is on examination. A mild ridge most do nothing. Severe ridge with dimpling lateral to the eyes and close set ears are the more concerning types. ...Read more

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My son ws born with metopic ridge. His head was and is in 3rd percentile. His soft spot closed at 4 months. How conserned should I be? He has hypotoni

My son ws born with metopic ridge. His head was and is in 3rd percentile. His soft spot closed at 4 months. How conserned should I be? He has hypotoni

Craniosynostosis: If the soft spot (fontanelle) closed prematurely this is an urgent matter. She would need to see the pediatric neurosurgeon promptly. I would tell your doctor immediately as this could leave to problems with brain development. ...Read more

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Could craniosynostosis be missed until 15 months? Child has a ridge along metopic suture, but pediatrician says too late for diagnosis.

Could craniosynostosis be missed until 15 months? Child has a ridge along metopic suture, but pediatrician says too late for diagnosis.

Craniosynostosis: Ridging along a metopic suture does not necessarily mean craniosynostosis. There are other findings associated with it that fit into the diagnosis of trigonocephaly. It is not too late for a diagnosis and a work up by a craniofacial surgeon might be helpful here for you. ...Read more

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My so was born with Metopic Synotosis (Cranio Synotosis) I was wondering what long term issues will he suffer with he now has high blood pressure?

My so was born with Metopic Synotosis (Cranio Synotosis) I was wondering what long term issues will he suffer with he now has high blood pressure?

Unlikely: Metopic synostosis is more a cosmetic issue than anything else. The majority of babies are born with that suture already functionally closed in the womb. Some have a pronounced keel shaped forehead that fades as they get older, but it does not create the same type of problems we find with other forms of synostosis. ...Read more

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