Skull Sutures and Bony Plates in Fetuses and Infants

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Picture of skull sutures and bony plates in fetuses and infants

The skull consists of five thin, curved, bony plates that are held together by fibrous material called sutures. These sutures allow a baby's skull to expand with the growing brain. The sutures gradually harden to join the skull bones together. The spaces where sutures meet are called soft spots or fontanelles.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

Current as of: September 9, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery