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Doctor insights on: Skull Diseases And Disorders

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Do Human Skull get smaller if its infected with a disease?

Do Human Skull get smaller if its infected with a disease?

Infection: Any chronic condition whether infectious such as Tuberculosis or AIDS, or non-infectious, such as cancer can cause malnutrition and protein wasting, which may cause muscle breakdown with waste of facial muscles, so even though the head may appear smaller, but the scull itself doesn't change in size significantly ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is abnormally fused skull bones?

What sort of disorder is abnormally fused skull bones?

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

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What is this "inflammation of the fatty layer" under the skin of the skull? What disease is it?

What is this "inflammation of the fatty layer" under the skin of the skull? What disease is it?

Erythema nodosum: Erythema nodosum is considered a reaction pattern to a wide variety of microbial and non-microbial stimuli: dermatophytic infections are rarely associated with en. ...Read more

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I'm having many neurological symptoms with a history of autoimmune disease, sarcoidosis and marrow reconversion in spine and base of skull. Thoughts?

I'm having many neurological symptoms with a history of autoimmune disease, sarcoidosis and marrow reconversion in spine and base of skull. Thoughts?

Neurosarcoid: Your sarcoidosis is more advanced then average with lesions involving the nervous system and bone marrow. Involvement of red blood cell-producing areas in your bones is resulting in reactivation of dormant bone marrow regions to maintain an adequate supply of blood elements. You need a sarcoid specialist experienced with the use of immunosuppressive drugs. ...Read more

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Radiology/neurology. Ct scan shows bone, MRI shows soft tissue, so therefore can't indentify disease of skull bones. Intercrainial means misdiagnosis?

Radiology/neurology. Ct scan shows bone, MRI shows soft tissue, so therefore can't indentify disease of skull bones. Intercrainial means misdiagnosis?

Both are complex: CT and MRI can identify bones and soft tissues of the skull and anatomy of the brain but in different types of detail. Intracranial means inside the skull. ...Read more

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What can cause a thick skull?

What can cause a thick skull?

Pathologically: Several diseases including but not limited to Paget's Disease and Acromegaly...
Psychologically it means a stubborn individual
eg "he was a thick skulled brute"

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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My skull hasn't fused. Is that normal?

My skull hasn't fused. Is that normal?

Skull: That is not normal at 33. Wondering how you know that? ...Read more

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What are the different parts of the skull?

What are the different parts of the skull?

Skull: 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

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What could weird knots on crown of skull mean?

What could weird knots on crown of skull mean?

Get it checked: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning my skull hurts alot?

When I wake up in the morning my skull hurts alot?

Eval: Chronic, recurrent, moderate to severe intensity headaches warrant medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

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

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Extreme onset of pain right bottom of skull help?

Many things: Get it looked at by neurologist. It could be occipital neuralgia or problems from the upper cervical vertebrae. Both of those conditions are relatively easy to treat. ...Read more

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Can the sides of a person's skull be different sizes?

Can the sides of a person's skull be different sizes?

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

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Help plz! Can skull deformity be corrected during adulthood?

Help plz! Can skull deformity be corrected during adulthood?

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

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Can I change the shape of my skull by maintance massaging it??

Can I change the shape of my skull by maintance massaging it??

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

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What could cause your skull to feel like it's caving in on the top?

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

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The shape of my skull is not completely round, what might be wrong?

The shape of my skull is not completely round, what might be wrong?

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

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Is it possible for shape of skull in adults over 50 to change with age?

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. ...Read more

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What causes my skull to feel like something is crawling but nothing is there?

What causes my skull to feel like something is crawling but nothing is there?

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

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I have a crooked skull. Want to know what, if anything can possibly be done for an adult.?

I have a crooked skull. Want to know what, if anything can possibly be done for an adult.?

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

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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

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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

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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?

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?

Ptss: Your son may be suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome. See a neurologist to confirm the diagnosis, then you may want to see a psychiatrist and perhaps enroll him in an anger management course. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Why do I have so many grooves or indents on my skull?

Why do I have so many grooves or indents on my skull?

YOur skull has: "sutures", just google "skull sutures" to see a picture. Yes, if you try hard enough you can actually feel these with your fingers as an indentation. ...Read more

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What is the function of skull and bones?

What is the function of skull and bones?

Protection: The skeletal system function to protect vital organs like the brain (in terms of the skull) or heart and lungs and give structure to the body. Bones are also involved in blood cell production, mineral storage and endocrine functions. ...Read more

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Is having a fractured skull a serious injury?

Is having a fractured skull a serious injury?

Usually not: If you wear a motorcycle helmet and hit your head, the helmet is designed to protect by breaking and absorbing the force. So does the skull protect the brain. Usually not a major issue, unless the crack cuts across the middle meningeal artery, which could result in an epidural hemorrhage, or it affects the cribiform plate at top of nose, loss of smell. So, not serious, unless... ...Read more

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What does a fractured skull sound like?

What does a fractured skull sound like?

Crunch: From the standpoint of the observer I suspect "thud" would be descriptive. The recipient on the other hand would likely experience a crunch sound or crack noise which they may or may not recall as a result of amnesia which frequently accompanies the fracture. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a fractured skull?

What is the best treatment for a fractured skull?

Just time: Most skull fractures will heal in 3 months without any specific treatment. Some skull fractures that may require surgery include depressed fractures, fractures involving the frontal sinuses and compound skull fractures. ...Read more

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Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Not usually: View the skull like a motorcycle helmet. With trauma, you want protection, and if the helmet breaks, it is likely that the head will not. The skull protects the brain, and usually fractures are like the helmet, i.e., the brain is safe. However, some skull fractures are in bad places, and result in hemorrhages (middle meningeal artery). Few head injuries are fatal, but many cause brain trauma. ...Read more

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Is bump on end of skull normal?

Back, bottom skull?: Google image of external occipital protuberance. If this is what you are referring to then yes it is normal. ...Read more

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Does skull growth stop at puberty?

Does skull growth stop at puberty?

Define "growth": Most of skull growth (size, shape) will be complete by age 9 yrs. The suture lines between the skull plates are not fully fused until well into the third decade. ...Read more