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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
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery
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