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Normal Skull Shape
My daughter is 5yrs n she was diagnosed with rolandic epilepsy last week. She's on meds. I notice slight change in her skull shape. Is this normal?
"skull shape": Do not worry about skull asymmetries in your 5 yo., as things change with growth. The Rolandic epilepsy is a childhood variant and may well remit as she grows older. Medications should readily control. Sounds like issues are well managed. ...Read more
No: The shape of your skull is generally finalized by one year of age when your fontanelles (baby's "soft spots" on the head) have closed/fused. ...Read more
I have never seen: A person with a completely round skull. Your skull might be perfectly normal. Seek medical eval if you are concerned. ...Read more
I apologize for all the questions lately, but is it normal for the space at the back of your skull to be noticeable?
Yes, in some people.: Everyone's skull has a different shapeGet a more detailed answer ›
I have little dents in my skull may have been there my whole life not sure its no pain at all just wondering is it normal?
Head: It is not uncommon to have sometimes small depressions in the skull, if they have there your whole life they are very likely normal. ...Read more
Skull shape: I suppose it is, but why would you want to? Any such surgery would be a major undertaking fraught with significant risks. What are your specific concerns? What about the shape of your skull bothers you? Perhaps there can be a more complete answer if you can provide more specific information. ...Read more
Maybe growth hormone: I'm not sure of exactly the skull changes you're referring to. I can tell you that increased human growth hormone (possibly related to a small tumor in the pituitary gland called an adenoma), or else taking HGH directly, can result in changes to skull such as enlargement of forehead, jaw and nose. There are other entities which may cause excessive bone growth such as paget's disease or others. ...Read more
I have strange pain on the top of skull and skull is changing the shape im 18 y old what could it be?!
The side indentations on my skull by my face feel uneven. Like the left one sticks out more then the right. Is that normal?
Nobody is: Completely symmetrical. If the deformity is really extensive, consult with a plastic surgeon to see if anything can be done about it. If not, it probably is of no clinical concern. ...Read more
Is it normal that I can feel a ~8mm thick suture line on the back right side of my skull, but only a much smaller one on the left?
Suture lines: You really shouldn't be able to feel any of the "suture lines" on your skull through your scalp. My guess is you are probably feeling something else. If you are having symptoms related to it, you could get an examination, but otherwise you are probably feeling a variant of normal anatomy. ...Read more
20 month old son has indent in back of skull. Otherwise normal, behaviorally and physically. Is this indentation serious? Should we treat it?
Hard to say: I would have to examine what you consider an indent to see if it is. All infants/people have a significant ridge at the back/base of the skull that drops off as the normal skull surrounds its base. ...Read more
We discovered a beige-y, painless, irregularly-shaped bump on my husband's skull. He's had this for a few months and hasn't necessarily gotten bigger?
Many possibilities.: It could be a benign epidermal cyst, or any number of other benign skin tumors. A dermatologist will probably be able to tell you what it is, just by looking at it. ...Read more
Several things: There are many growth lines in the baby skull that push apart from each other in normal growth. If a major line fuses early, a progressive skull deformity may result ; surgery may be needed. Most unusual skull shapes today are due to sleeping position ; improve with age. If your feel hard ridges where the suture lines join you need to see your doctor. If referral is needed tests will confirm it. ...Read more
I'm 18, I have pain in back area of head, feels like my seam on head are weaker, I thing that skull shape is changing, is it possible or am I just crazy?
I have 2 lumps that my barber noticed on the back of my head. They are painless. Can the skull change shape as we age?
Right below the base of my skull the first spine bone feels bigger on one side than the other either that it might be crooked. Is this normal?
My mom has been worried because she feels like her head or skull is reshaping or feels different. She's 54 years old. Normal or should she be worried?
Visualize her head: It is not unusual to have the sensation that the head is changing. That is because the scalp is full of nerves. If you are worried about the skull itself changing, that is less likely. The skull itself doesnot have many nerve endings. You should start by visualizing the head and seeing if there are any bumps or changes that you can visualize. If you find something, take that info to your dr. ...Read more
Whole Body Nuclear Bone Scan results: increased activity in the anterior skull near the superior lateral margin of the right orbital. Is this Normal?
Hi, is it normal for my adult skull to get more bumps and indentations? I also notice when I apply pressure to an area of my skull I feel a dull pain.
See your physician: While the skull surface isn't perfectly smooth, it doesn't usually change in adults. See your physician. He can examine you and order an Xray to ascertain if a problem is present ...Read more
My son's head feels from due to a fractured skull that he got. How long will it take for him head to return to normal?
Assuming no concussion, symptoms related to the skull fracture: HA, emesis, bleeding, change of behaviors,
he should resolve the fracture in time (4-8 weeks). The skull might be soft for a few weeks-months, but should not affect internal brain function, assuming no other symptoms from this trauma. ...Read more
I have a knot on my skull, it doesn't hurt, and its perfectly circular. I haven't hit my head, feels like bone. Is this normal?
You feel a lump under the surface of the scalp that you refer to as a lump, correct?
The nature of the growth is unknown as it does not follow from a trauma.
In my opinion this should be examined and then a prognosis can be made. A growth may be innocent and benign such as a cyst or malignant such as a bond tumor or tumor arising beneath the skull. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel the coronal sutures of my skull? They are also very visible on my head and have been like that since I can remember.
Hard to believe:
at your age, it would be very hard to feel the suture line of your skull. If you have a medical condition that prevented the closure of these suture lines, which occurs when you are very young, it may be possible. Best to see a doctor who can obtain a ct scan to address your concerns. ...Read more