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What is the definition or description of: Bulging fontanel?

What is the definition or description of: Bulging fontanel?

Increased Pressure: A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, including head bleeds, an intracranial mass, or a defect in cerebral spinal fluid production/flow. It is a "safety valve" for babies, and it lets physicians know that a work-up needs to be performed quickly to determine the cause. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Soft Spot On Top Of Head (Definition)

In an infant, the space where two skull-bone sutures join forms a membrane-covered "soft spot" called a fontanel (fontanelle). The fontanels allow for growth of the skull during an infant's first year. The fontanels should feel firm and very slightly curved inward to the touch. A tense or bulging fontanel occurs when fluid builds up in the skull cavity or when pressure increases in the brain (increased intracranial pressure). When the infant is crying, lying down, or vomiting, the fontanels may look like they are slightly bulging, but they should return to normal when the infant is in ...Read more


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What can cause bulging fontanel except meningitis?

What can cause bulging fontanel except meningitis?

Meningitis: Anything causing an increase in the pressure within the skull, such as swelling of the brain, can cause bulging fontanels in infants. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has a bulging fontanel. All tests (mri, CT scan, bloodwork, etc) have come back negative. What else should I push for.?

My 6 month old has a bulging fontanel. All tests (mri, CT scan, bloodwork, etc) have come back negative. What else should I push for.?

Measure csf pressure: The only approach that I can consider is to measure the cerebral spinal fluid pressure in consideration of pseudotumor cerebri. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for delayed closure of anterior fontanel soft spot?

What is the best treatment for delayed closure of anterior fontanel soft spot?

Patience: Most kids will have what feels to be closure of the anterior fontanel by 15-18 mo but some may persist. The separation between the bones will persist to some degree until about 9 when kids reach their adult head size. In examining thousands of kids over 3 decades, I never found one that didn't eventually close. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bulging discs?

What is the best treatment for bulging discs?

Depends on pain: Depending on pain levels and individual results will vary. If no pain there is no specific treatment that will reverse a bulging disc. It is best to not use tobacco, to stay fit and keep your abdominal and back muscles strong. Medications like antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers are often helpful when causing pain. If there is severe enough pain, an epidural injection may help. ...Read more

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Is the pred forte eye drops helps to cure bulging eyes?? . The hyperthyroidsm is in control. What is the best treatment for bulging eyes?? Thanks.

Is the pred forte eye drops helps to cure bulging eyes?? . The hyperthyroidsm is in control. What is the best treatment for bulging eyes?? Thanks.

See eye doctor: Hi. Graves' eye disease comes in a wide range of severity from mild to vision-threatening. Please see an ophthalmologist experienced in treatment of Graves' ophthalmopathy. Treatments can include eye moisturizing, prednisone (systemic, not eye drops), surgeries, and radiation. You should see an experienced ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in your neck?

What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in your neck?

See below: The first step is to see a doctor who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of these conditions. Believe it or not, many people have bulging discs and do not have any symptoms. A specialist in this area could help determine if this bulging disc is in fact the cause of symptoms and if so can usually prescribe a therapy program which should help. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in one's back that is causing sciatia?

What is the best treatment for a bulging disk in one's back that is causing sciatia?

Depends: Depends on ones pain tolerance and whether serious neurological signs or symptoms are present. Anything from otc meds to narcotics to oral steroids to physical therapy to epidural steroid injection to discectomy or other more or less invasive surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment/relief for siatic pain? Have had this problem for over 5 months. Mri showed 5 disc bulge. Have tried several treatments

What is the best treatment/relief for siatic pain? Have had this problem for over 5 months. Mri showed 5 disc bulge. Have tried several treatments

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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I have an l4s2 bulging disk. Is the best treatment cortisone shots and pt. Or. Microdiscectomy?

I have an l4s2 bulging disk. Is the best treatment cortisone shots and pt. Or. Microdiscectomy?

Leg pain herniation: Microvdiscectomy indicated for leg pain and disc herniation not backache and bulges bulge are. Tsrgergyv works consistantly for decompression ofc symptomatic nerve pain microdisectomy has not been shown to consistantly improve axial backache back ache and disc nulges are both common and do often coexist without a cause effect relationship. ...Read more

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I have two bulging discs in my neck. What would b the best treatment for this? This was shown on a MRI of my neck.

I have two bulging discs in my neck. What would b the best treatment for this? This was shown on a MRI of my neck.

Small bulges: Are common incidental findings, and may require no treatment. Best to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon to determine whether or not the bulges could be causing your symptoms, and go from there. ...Read more

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Prolotherapy, prolozone, or platelet rich plasma during physical therapy? Which best odds for mild but troublesome bulging cervical disc?

Get another opinion: As a mild bulging disc in your neck is not the issue nor are the treatments your are mentioning other than some short term pt. Time is the best healer as is the judicious use of some medications and other possible pain management techniques but get an opinion from an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon first. ...Read more

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What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

What are permanent treatment options for lumbar disc diseases, like disc dehydration, bulging, and tear?

Sorry!: At this time, nothing will reverse these processes. Some of this is genetic and some is aging. Your best approach is to stay active, exercise regularly, get your rest, avoid unhealthy habits (smoking, over-eating). ...Read more

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If I request a microdiscectomy as oppose to conservative treatment for a lumbar bulging disc what are the pros and cons?

If I request a microdiscectomy as oppose to conservative treatment for a lumbar bulging disc what are the pros and cons?

Microdiscectomy: There are always inherent risks of surgery (infection, nerve damage, spinal fluid leak, anesthesia risks including heart/lung problems, blood clots, stroke, even death). Although rare, all of these can happen with surgery. Herniated/bulging discs have a good chance of resolving without surgery within 6-8 weeks from onset of symptoms with conservative management ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a bulging disc in your back?

What is the treatment for a bulging disc in your back?

Specialists: About 40% of the population have a herniated disk and no symptoms. Treatment is based on patient's symptoms and clinical findings. See your family md for proper evaluation first.
They can help determine which way for you to go next- therapy, injections, etc. They will also guide you to neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine specialists who can determine proper treatment. ...Read more

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Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

The treatment: Recommendations will be individually tailored to you. There isn't a one size fits all approach. What does your neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon recommend? ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

What is a good treatment for bulging disk?

Bulging disc: advil/motrin
gentle stretching
yoga
core strengthening
non-impact gentle cardio
heating pad
physical therapy

None of these things will eliminate the bulging disc but they can help eliminate the discomfort associated with it ...Read more

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Is traction useful for treatment for bulging cervical disc?

Is traction useful for treatment for bulging cervical disc?

It can: It is a safe treatment option and does work for many patients. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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My doctor refuses to give me an mri. He says I have a bulging disc and treatment will not change no matter what the MRI shows. Is this normal?

My doctor refuses to give me an mri. He says I have a bulging disc and treatment will not change no matter what the MRI shows. Is this normal?

Diagnostic impass: Jhw do you know you have a bulging disk woth out a MRI ct scan? He may feel that the MRI won't add anything substantial to the image you have already had that shows the bulge, I consider bulges as asymptomatic incidental findings that require no treatment and search for snotjer cause of pain. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc on the left side of the lumbar region that is trapping the nerve that goes down my leg what would you suggest as treatment?

I have a bulging disc on the left side of the lumbar region that is trapping the nerve that goes down my leg what would you suggest as treatment?

Conservative care: I usually suggest conservative care with physical therapy and possible a epidural cortisone for the majority of my patients. Eighty percent of disk herniations heal without surgery. If, on the other hand you have neurological deficit like weakness or severe sensory loss, then I would consider surgery. In that case I favor minimally invasive discectomy the majority of the time. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about bulging discs and treatment?

Common: Bulging disks in the spine are common in the neck and low back. Most of the time they get better with just time, physical therapy and stretching. For pain control we recommend antiinflamatories, muscle relaxers and pain medication. Steroid injections can also be done. If all of this fails surgery is an option. ...Read more

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I am 35 yr old female with mild ddd, bulging disc in C3 C4 c6, C7 and prominence cortical sulci. Is there treatment for the pain?

I am 35 yr old female with mild ddd, bulging disc in C3 C4 c6, C7 and prominence cortical sulci. Is there treatment for the pain?

Yes: At your age I would recommend only conservative treatment. This could be a tailored exercise routine or aggressive physical therapy. If symptoms persist you should consult a pain management physician. ...Read more

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Since I had 2 bulging a year ago, I still have numbness and stiffness in my right toes and right leg. I've had treatment but nothing seems to work?

Since I had 2 bulging a year ago, I still have numbness and stiffness in my right toes and right leg. I've had treatment but nothing seems to work?

Numbness: Have you seen a spine orthopedic surgeon. Low back problems are a common cause of numbness to feet. What treatment did you have. May want to consult with neurologist too. ...Read more

Soft Spot On Head Bulging (Definition)

Soft spot on head is bulging is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of a baby's head is more firm than usual, and is pushing up the scalp (bulging) a small amount. A momentary bulging soft spot is due to increased pressure, such as when a baby pushes to poop or when a baby is crying. If a soft spot remains bulging, and there are other ill symptoms, the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Bulging Fontanel (Definition)

A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, including head bleeds, an intracranial mass, or a defect in cerebral spinal fluid production/flow. It is a "safety valve" for babies, and it lets physicians know that a work-up needs to be performed quickly ...Read more