Faulty fetal packing

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Faulty fetal packing, also known as congenital vault depression, is a congenital concave depression of the skull in a newborn.


Occurs in 1 in 10,000 births 1


This appearance is due to external compression on the skull from 1,2:

Treatment and prognosis

This deformity usually resolves with time 2

Differential diagnosis

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rID: 50816
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Congenital vault depression

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