Fontanelles – bulging

Alternative Names

Soft spot – bulging; Bulging fontanelles

Definition of Fontanelles – bulging

A bulging fontanelle is an outward curving of an infant’s soft spot (fontanelle).


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. – 3/14/2009

Skull of a newborn
Bulging fontanelles

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