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Alternative namesCraniotabes is a softening of the skull bones.
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsCraniotabes can be a normal finding in infants, especially premature infants. Studies suggest it occurs in up to one third of all newborn infants. Typically craniotabes is demonstrated by pressing the bone along the suture line (the area where the bones of the skull come together). The bone often pops in and out (similar to pressing on a Ping-Pong ball).
Craniotabes is a harmless finding in the newborn, unless it is associated with other problems, such as rickets and osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones).
Signs and testsNo testing is done unless osteogenesis imperfecta or rickets is suspected.
TreatmentCraniotabes, not associated with other conditions, should not be treated.
Expectations (prognosis)Complete healing is expected.
ComplicationsThere are usually no complications.
Calling your health care providerThis finding is usually discovered when the baby is examined during a well-baby check. Call your health care provider if you notice that your child has signs of craniotabes (to rule out other problems).
PreventionMost of the time, craniotabes is not preventable (except when associated with rickets and osteogenesis imperfecta ).
Update Date: 10/30/2003Philip L. Graham III, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT