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Ridge On Skull
Is it normal to have bumps and ridges on the skull just around the ear? I noticed this for some time. Are there lymph nodes in the skull?
Historical: Years ago, people would predict traits and illnesses based on skull anatomy. Yes, it is normal to have bumps and ridges. No lymph nodes in the skull, rather in the space between skin and skull. ...Read more
Have had ridge on left side of skull and recent trauma. I stretched the other day and felt a sharp sensation from spine to same side. Time for a scan?
Yes: Or at least an evaluation from your doctor. ...Read more
My four months old baby has a slight ridge on her forehead and after the soft spot. Could this mean her skull has fused too early? Or something else?
I'm 39 & I've noticed a change in the Shape of my skull. The flat area @ my crown is a deeper dent & I have a ridge behind both ears? Causes/concerns?
Should not change: Once the skull has finished growing which is no later than 25 years old there should be no change in the skull shape. Behind the ears, the skull does feel like ridges. A further indentation at the crown area would indicate possibly some new bone growth. There are some disorders in which this occurs but they are not usually selective to just the skull. Paget's is one. See your MD and be checked. ...Read more
If a preschooler falls & gets one linear skull fracture but no other problems, how many weeks does it take to heal, & will a ridge form along the crack?
It depends on: What type of the fracture, the liner one heal 8-12 weeks. The ridge along the crack will disappear in about one year. ...Read more
Skull has cranial bones & facial bones.
Cranial bones are Frontal, 2 Parietal, 2 Temporal, Occipital, 2 Sphenoid.
Facial are Ethmoid, Lacrimal, Nasal, Zygomatic, Maxilla, Mandible, Orbital, Nasal, Vomer, Palatine, Styloid, Mastoid. ...Read more
Eval: Chronic, recurrent, moderate to severe intensity headaches warrant medical evaluation. ...Read more
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more
Yes: In today's world most skull asymmetry acquired by babies laying on back and causing closure of cranial sutures asymmetrically, one side more than other, so called plagiocephaly. Sometimes congenital asymmetric fusion of cranial sutures is cause.More unusual cause would be asymmetry of face and skull with one side larger called hemihypertrophy. If one side of brain smaller than other, another cause ...Read more
Ask your: surgeon to see if they can show you a sample. ...Read more
Possibly : Please see a Neurosurgeon for an expert evaluation and advice. May be possible on HealthTap. I highly recommend Dr. Tarun Arora on HealthTap. He is excellent. ...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
Pagets Disease: You may be feeling the effects of scalloping of the bone in your skull or it may just be a subjective feeling from having the wrong kind of pillow. ...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
Formication ?: Formication is the sense that something is crawling on your skin. It has many possible causes: menopause, Morgellon's Disease, allergies, skin cancer, syphilis, diabetic neuropathy, Lyme Disease, Herpes Zoster, pesticide exposure, mercury poisoning, alcohol withdrawal, medication /drug use such as: amphetamines, cocaine, Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate). ...Read more
Which part: What has your doctor told you. For the most part just cosmetic treatment, like keep it covered with hair. If you have had it since a baby, and this has not already caused any neurological damage, so far, then it is not going to. ...Read more
Can headphones deform the skull formation of an adult (18) with time? if not where is the deformation coming from?
Not headphones: Headphones will not deform the skull of an 18-year old. If there is new deformity in your skull it would be prudent to see a doctor. ...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
My son fx his skull at age 22, he is now 26. The older he gets the more angry and socially inept he becomes. Who can help him?
I can press my skull and it feel pressable is your at least a Lil soft to press to feel a indent only while pressing?a concern?
Doubtful...: I suspect that what you are feeling "indent" are just the skin and tissues covering your skull. I can't see what you are talking about, so if you are fairly certain it is more than that, then have your doctor check it out. ...Read more
2-3 inch long, 1/2 inch wide vertical crevice/indentation just off to the right on top of my skull. Only just noticed it. What could it be?
Probably lifetime: Sounds like an incomplete closure of a suture in your skull. Not unusual. A a kid these thing close up and the cartilaginous borders harden--but no always. If you remember severe head trauma, it could be a cracked skull with irregular healing or mild depression. Can't think of anything currently serious but a cracked depressed skull fracture could have been. ...Read more