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Why Do The Bone Plates In The Skull Not Fuse Before Birth
Two reasons...: During a vaginal delivery, the unfused skull bones can shift as necessary, making the head more malleable for passage through the birth canal. The unfused bones also allow room for the baby's brain to grow during early life. The bones in the skull will fuse after about 12 to 18 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Calcium deposit, or worse? I am a 31 year-old male. Twenty years ago i chipped my skull and a small sliver of silicon, or plastic of some sort, was "fused" into my skull. I now have a rather large lump in this location. It seems pretty hard, though not
If : If it hurts or too prominent to ignore take that puppy out! ...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
See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
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