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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Hamangioma: A hemangioma is a benign collection of blood vessels, and can occur anywhere in the body. They may be harmless but occasionally can cause pain, bleeding, or pressure on surrounding structures. Your doctor can best decide the proper course for you to take regarding this particular lesion. Many can simply be observed. ...Read more
Check w/ doctor: It is important to be certain the baby does not have any other birth defects. Some infants with skull bones that have grown together ("cranioynostosis") have a "sundrome" (a recognized group of birth defects). A syndrome can often be diagnosed on physical examination of the entire infant and, increasingly, by dna testing. Your pediatrician may refer you to a medical geneticist for this testing. ...Read more
Knitted skull bones: The infant skull is composed of growth plates designed to grow pushing away from each other. After 9y, the plates knit as the adult head size is reached.Knitting up too early will form ridges & distort the shape of the skull.When this occurs, the knitted area can be released surgically as an open procedure or through a scope. I've cared for 3 in my practice in 3 decades & they have done fine. ...Read more
I have had pain at the back right side of my upper neck to the skull bone for 3 months now. Not sure what could be causing this.
None.: As a newborn, none of the skull bones are fused; there are membranes/cartilage that fill spaces between them. Gradually this converts to bone (ossification), mostly during childhood, but process may not be complete till age 25! if they fuse prematurely, will cause intracranial pressure, head pain, visual problems, and unusual head shapes causing low self-esteem. Craniosynostosis requires surgery. ...Read more
Craniosynostosis: The skull is made of many bone plates which are not fully fused at birth, allowing for adequate brain development. Fibrous tissue between the plates (cranial sutures) calcifies as brain growth slows during the first five or so years. Premature fusion of the plates can cause a mis-sharpen head or inhibit brain growth. Not all fused sutures are worrisome. The only treatment, if required, is surgery. ...Read more