Fontanelles – excessively large

Alternative Names

Soft spot – large

Definition of Fontanelles – excessively large

Excessively large fontanelles are larger than expected soft spots for the age of a baby. In an infant, the spaces where the bones of the skull come together, but are not completely joined, are called soft spots or fontanelle (fontanel or fonticulus).

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. – 11/2/2009

Skull of a newborn
Fontanelles
Large fontanelles (lateral view)
Large fontanelles

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