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    Skull Sutures and Bony Plates in Fetuses and Infants

    Skull Sutures and Bony Plates in Fetuses and Infants

    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 ofNovember 20, 2015

    Current as of: November 20, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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