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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.
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.
I have never seen: A person with a completely round skull. Your skull might be perfectly normal. Seek medical eval if you are concerned.
Not age alone: Bone disease like Paget's disease can alter the shape of the skull. Acromegaly can increase the size of the skull. Metabolic bone disease may alter the shape by softening the bones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Not crazy: Be seen. It is clearly bothering you. If your medical doctor finds nothing then see a craniosacral therapist. And or acupuncturist. You are sensing something and it may be nothing serious. .....But have it checked out.
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?
Not really: But we may NOTICE "bumps" we have never felt before! If these bumps are BONY not to worry! If softer they may be lymph glands and these drain the scalp so your barber usually will notice any sores or inflammation on your scalp! Hope this is helpful Dr Z
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.