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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
Growth plates closed: The cranium or brain part of the skull is comprised of 8 different bones, and although these joints don't move like those in the extremities, there is slight movement which allows an infant's skull slight movement to enable birth and growth occurs at the margins to allow head symmetry. The margins or sutures generally fuse by 22-39 months. At times they can be prematurely closed and no longer. ...Read more
What could a hard bump that doesn't move on my head be? It hurts when I put pressure on it, and it feels like the pain is coming from the skull bone.
I noticed a lump on the back of my head. It's hard, immovable but it doesn't really hurt unless I push hard on it. I heard it may be a part of the skull (bone) but I'm not 100% sure. Any help is appreciated.
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, and physical examination, however, it does not appear to be a serious issue and you may wait to consult your doctor next time you see her/him. If the "lump" doubles in size, bleeds or ulcerates, see a doctor immediately. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
What sarcomas can you get on the frontal skull bone? Can benign tumours be hard to spot on x rays?
My skull bone on the right side of my head by the top on my ear is bigger than my left. Is this normal?
Yes: Yes, almost all of us are asymmetrical. ...Read more
Have birthmark on head mri last week shown diffuse haemangioma in skull bone ?! should i be worried cant stop panicking risk of death?
Relax: These grow their fastest before you reach a year of age and then settle down and just sit or shrink. If you made it to your age you are fine. It is more of a curiosity than a risk. Follow your docs lead on this and settle back into your life.I would't be surprised if they sent you around to a few docs to share the curious finding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard almost immobile lump behind ear on skull bone around 1cm size. Painless unless touched. Worried of malignancy. Male 19. What is it?
Compared to the skull bone outside, how easily the palate bone be broken if the health care providers used too much force inside the mouth?
Unlikely: Palatal bone is different and distinct from the connected dento-alveolar bone (which surrounds the tooth). It is not uncommon for a difficult molar extraction to cause breakage of this "dental bone" or if last molar, breaking what we call the tuberosity. Not a major problem in reality. I have never heard of a dental professional breaking palatal bone without trying to. Requires a mallet and chisel. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is bone age always the same for every bone?ie,if a wrist x-ray showed a delay in bone age of 2 years, would face /skull bones also be delayed 2 years?
Not necessarily, but: B"sd thats a very insightful question. Generaly, endocrinologist accept that the bone age determined from 1 hand /wrist x ray applies to the whole body. Although, not necesarrily true, bone age os determined is clinicaly useful to identify growth delay and can be used to indicate further evaluation and to follow changes over time. So the test seems to serve its purpose. Always glad to discuss. ...Read more