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Skull Fractures Through Parietal Foramina: Report of Two Cases

Edwards, Landon S. MD; Sachs, Jeffrey R. MD; Elster, Allen D. MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: May/June 2012 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 308–309
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31824d9331
Pediatric Imaging

Enlarged parietal foramina are related to a condition in which defective intramembranous ossification of the parietal bones results in enlargement of the normal foramina. Although generally believed to be a benign variant, scalp defects, seizures, and structural brain abnormalities have been reported in a small percentage of affected patients. These 2 cases now present evidence that parietal foramina constitute structural weak spots in the calvarium that may potentially increase risk of skull fracture after trauma.

From the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

Received for publication January 23, 2012; accepted January 30, 2012.

Reprints: Jeffrey R. Sachs, MD, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (e-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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