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I have these hurtful lumps on my head. X rays were done. Where the lumps are located the bone of the skull thinning and the sutures are separating.?

I have these hurtful lumps on my head. X rays were done. Where the lumps are located the bone of the skull thinning and the sutures are separating.?

Painful bumps: Please see your md. Your physician needs to gather more information, perform a thorugh exam and posibly order some labs. Your age, medical history and clinical findings wil guide your doctor towards a diagnosis>please do not ignore as these symptoms could be due to a serious problem. ...Read more

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Sutures (Definition)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate ...Read more


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Is it normal to feel the coronal sutures of my skull? They are also very visible on my head and have been like that since I can remember.

Is it normal to feel the coronal sutures of my skull? They are also very visible on my head and have been like that since I can remember.

Hard to believe: Hello


at your age, it would be very hard to feel the suture line of your skull. If you have a medical condition that prevented the closure of these suture lines, which occurs when you are very young, it may be possible. Best to see a doctor who can obtain a ct scan to address your concerns. ...Read more

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Recently my fontanelles have opened again, with the sutures I am 20 years. A long stringy substance began flowing from skull and orbits down throat.

Recently my fontanelles have opened again, with the sutures I am 20 years. A long stringy substance began flowing from skull and orbits down throat.

ASAP: You need to be seen not only by your primary care doctor but by a neurologist and/or neurosurgeon as soon as possible if what you describe is truly the case. Did you have any suture abnormalities as a child?? Please do not delay seeking medical care. ...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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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

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What is dull pain the back of my skull?

What is dull pain the back of my skull?

Vague: Need a thorough health history and exam. Duration of the pain, severity, frequency, other symptoms. See a dr. To get answers. ...Read more

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How to treat raw pain at the crown of skull?

How to treat raw pain at the crown of skull?

Scalp pain!: Tender scalp syndrome. Now has been shown to be transient periostisis of the skull bone. Usually will go away. ...Read more

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If a tumor is out your skull will it be hugh?

Tumor: Are you asking if a tumor broke through the confines of the bony cranium would it be huge? There seems to a be whole bunch of questions about this today. You are 16 years old? If they are all from you, that would suggest this is a concern for you? Is there a specific issue? ...Read more

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What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of 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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Is there major vascular flow at the skull base?

Yes: The carotid arteries, basilar arteries and jugular veins enter and exit at the skull base. ...Read more

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Base of skull hurts why I type all day and night?

Base of skull hurts why I type all day and night?

Headaches: Your headaches could be coming from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, teeth grinding, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems among other things. See a doctor to get checked out so you can get some help for your headaches. ...Read more

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What makes Cranial Area Thin and loose skull mass?

What makes Cranial Area Thin and loose skull mass?

You need to clarify: You believe U R underweight which in a 20 yo is unlikely. We rarely see anyone over 90 who isn't skinny as a bean pole. Excess weight is epidemic in the US & worldwide. Most people now are engaged in a lifelong struggle to lose the extra pounds they put on in their twenties. Keeping that weight off in the first place is the best solution. Exercise & eat well. Cranial/skull question makes no sense. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change skull shape with surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Pain where skull meets neck on right? What is cure?

Pain where skull meets neck on right? What is cure?

See a Doc: See a specialist in this area. This usually is a physiatrist who is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of these musculoskeletal conditions. ...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 are the reasons for pain in back of my head or skull?

From simple 2 seriou: There are many questions that would need to be asked to give idea what is causing this. It could be neck muscle tension, sinusitis (see my answer relating to referred pain), migraine, tension ha...If associated with sore throat and fever, meningitis. If worst pain ever got there, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or brain aneurysm. Anything suddenly new, or severe, in that area has to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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If a tumor grows through your skull how long will you live?

If a tumor grows through your skull how long will you live?

Depends: Most "tumors" or lumps on your scalp will be benign -- meaning that they are not aggressive and therefore will most likely not grow through your skull. A malignant tumor may grow thru or spread through your vascular system but fortunately they are much more rare. If you are unsure, get it looked at by an md. ...Read more

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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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Do you think that I could get anthrax from a skull I found?

Do you think that I could get anthrax from a skull I found?

What kind of skull?: No, you are not likely to get anthrax from a skull. If you suspect that the skull may be human, report it to the police immediately. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting a sharp pain at the base of my skull?

Muscles or spine: Hard to tell; could be from muscles, spine or skin. Check with your doctor if doesn't resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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Why would a lymphnode on the base of the skull get infected?

Why would a lymphnode on the base of the skull get infected?

Are you sure that: You have an infected lymph node - or is it inflammed and enlarged due to an infection that drains to it? ...Read more

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Does a woman with osteoporosis also have a more breakable skull?

Does a woman with osteoporosis also have a more breakable skull?

Not necessarily: Although osteo affects all bones, the spine and extremities are at higher risk for fracture. ...Read more

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If a tumor grows big outside your skull how long would you live?

Normal life expected: A tumor outside the skull is likely benign and should not cause brain compression. ...Read more

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Why is it that I get permanent lumps on my skull after injuries!?

Why is it that I get permanent lumps on my skull after injuries!?

Cause: When you have an injury to buy the skull bone or near any bone you can get formation of a hard calcium deposit as it heals causing as hard lump ...Read more

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What could be a reason for human skull shape changes after age 50?

What could be a reason for human skull shape changes after age 50?

Maybe growth hormone: I'm not sure of exactly the skull changes you're referring to. I can tell you that increased human growth hormone (possibly related to a small tumor in the pituitary gland called an adenoma), or else taking HGH directly, can result in changes to skull such as enlargement of forehead, jaw and nose. There are other entities which may cause excessive bone growth such as paget's disease or others. ...Read more