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What is the definition or description of: Large anterior fontanel?

What is the definition or description of: Large anterior fontanel?

The fontanels: represent points over which the growing skull plates will eventually close. Failure of the involved growth plates, those which meet at the front and top of the head, to grow to closure results in a large anterior fontanel. It is the soft spot on the top, front of an infant's head. ...Read more

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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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Is it bad to have a large anterior fontanel?

Is it bad to have a large anterior fontanel?

Depends: Large fontanels may caused by: down syndrome hydrocephalus intrauterine growth retardation (iugr) premature birth rarer causes: achondroplasia apert syndrome cleidocranial dysostosis congenital rubella neonatal hypothyroidism osteogenesis imperfecta rickets. ...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 definition or description of: Delayed closure of anterior fontanel?

What is the definition or description of: Delayed closure of anterior fontanel?

Delayed closure: Most anterior fontanel close between 18-24 months of age. Delayed closure means persistence of open fontanel beyond 24 months of age. ...Read more

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I'm 51 years old. I felt a " sunken" area on top of my skull. I think its the anterior fontanel. is this bad? its ok to touch but continuously it hurt

I'm 51 years old. I felt a " sunken" area on top of my skull. I think its the anterior fontanel. is this bad? its ok to touch but continuously it hurt

Not fontanelle: The anterior fontanelle closes early in childhood and does not reopen. Could you have had an injury with a depressed skull fracture? Other possibilities include thinning of bone, infection, tumor. You should have this examined. ...Read more

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My 6 1/2 mo old ped. Felt his anterior fontanel but says that it might be closing early than usual. Should i be worried? Or is this normal @ his age?

My 6 1/2 mo old ped. Felt his anterior fontanel but says that it might be closing early than usual. Should i be worried? Or is this normal @ his age?

Follow closely..: It is a bit early for the skull to fuse, but unless he has had a head MRI or ct to assess exactly how open or closed they are, i would not panic. If his head shape is normal and symmetric, if head size is increasing along appropriate percentiles, development is normal, then i would put my mind at ease. However, these parameters, including head size and shape, need to be monitored monthly for now. ...Read more

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Is the size of fingertip dent on my 4month old grandson's anterior fontanel normal. Told my son to address it with ped. He forgot! it was always smal?

Is the size of fingertip dent on my 4month old grandson's anterior fontanel normal.  Told my son to address it with ped. He forgot! it was always smal?

Normal: I'm sure it is a normal anterior fontanelle - "soft spot". If he has been going to the pediatrician regularly, we all have this fixation about rubbing babies soft spots. For us it's almost like another vital sign like heart rate or blood pressure. If there was something abnormal with it when he was at the doctors office, i'm sure the pediatrician would have mentioned something about it to your son. ...Read more

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6 month old has extra cerebralspinal fluid. Im told will resolve on its own. Is this true? What if left untreated?He has fluctuating anterior fontanel

Extra ???: The spinal fluid is produced continuously through life at about a tablespoonful per hour by structures in the brain. It circulates through it's normal pathway & is absorbed into the circulation from the brain surface. Blockage of flow must be opened or structures distort but the body adjusts to fluctuations in fluid amount.True excess production will produce rapid head growth & need surgery. ...Read more

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How to identify the anterior and posterior fontanels of a newborn, explain their functions.?

How to identify the anterior and posterior fontanels of a newborn, explain their functions.?

Soft spots: The fontanels can be identified by an exam of the baby's head. They are soft spots that you can feel between the different bones of the skull which have not yet fused. The anterior fontanel is easiest to find be cause it is typically larger. Fontanels do not a have a true function but are fibrous sheets of tissue that connect the plates of the immature skull while protecting the brain below. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for large left herniated disc L2 l3 and pain upon sitting or lying down.

What is the best treatment for large left herniated disc L2 l3
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Depends on pain: Most disc herniations heal with time. Depending on pain levels, medications like antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers are often helpful. If there is severe enough pain, an epidural injection may help. About 10% to 15% of patients need surgery. ...Read more

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Which is the best treatment for torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl)?

Which is the best treatment for torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl)?

Reconstruction: Treatment of torn ACL depends on patient age, activity level and expectations. High level athletes who are engaged in pivoting, cutting sports (soccer, football, basketball) have a greater change to return to their prior of level of activity with reconstruction. For patients who are lower demand, a trial of hamstring strengthening program and bracing may be reasonable. ...Read more

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1 1/2 weeks ago I had a large fibroid that calcified to a grapefruit size in uturus wall. What is the best treatment so we can have more babies?

1 1/2 weeks ago I had a large fibroid that calcified to a grapefruit size in uturus wall. What is the best treatment so we can have more babies?

Local consult a must: Whether or not you need to do anything depends on where this is located. If it intrudes or would intrude on the womb during pregnancy or interfere with getting pregnant will influence the need.Removal may or may not be realistic and the recovery period before considering pregnancy is also something only your local docs can decide. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a pretty large lung bullae at 5.2cm.

What is the best treatment for a pretty large lung bullae at 5.2cm.

Go to MD: The presence of lung bullae are correlated with symptoms. They are graded and if severity is bad a lung reduction surgery or bullectomy is considered. The presence of one bulla is not an indication but care has to be taken due to possibility of pneumothorax. Go to a lung specialist and be examined and advised. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bone spur in bottom of big toe?

What is the best treatment for bone spur in bottom of big toe?

Best??: If you can be comfortable with a change in shoes or a pad - good. If padding or shoe change does not work other conservative measures are not likely to work either. Surgery would then be your best course. ...Read more

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How can be for mild secliosis cause rotater cuff strain and anterior shoulder pain ? And what is the best treatment here?

Varies: Mild scoliosis itself does not typically cause rotator cuff or anterior shoulder pain. Certainly a patient with scoliosis can have these problems with their shoulder, but they are usually not related. If a patient has persistent rotator cuff problems that do not respond to simple things such as rest or antiinflammatory medications, then physical therapy is often the next step and can often help. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen uvula. It is very large. I can feel it when i move my tongue. What is the best treatment for reducing swelling? Nsaid? Antihi

I woke up with a swollen uvula. It is very large. I can feel it when i move my tongue. What is the best treatment for reducing swelling? Nsaid? Antihi

Ice, time: You get a swollen uvula like you described from severe snoring and probable obstructive sleep apnea. The severity of your snoring causes trauma to the uvula which causes it to swell. I strongly recommend that you see an ENT dr for an evaluation and probable sleep study with consideration of cpap. ...Read more

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Large Anterior Fontanel (Definition)

represent points over which the growing skull plates will eventually close. Failure of the involved growth plates, those which meet at the front and top of the head, to grow to closure results in a large anterior fontanel. It is the soft spot on the top, front ...Read more