Craniotabes

Alternative Names

Congenital cranial osteoporosis

Definition of Craniotabes

Craniotabes is a softening of the skull bones.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Craniotabes can be a normal finding in infants, especially premature infants. Studies suggest it occurs in up to one third of all newborn infants.

Signs and tests

Typically craniotabes is demonstrated by pressing the bone along 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.

Treatment

Craniotabes that are not associated with other conditions are not treated.

Expectations (prognosis)

Complete healing is expected.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 1/24/2011

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