Sutures

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 11 Jan 2019

There are many sutures of the skull, which are where skull bones meet. In general, sutures don't fuse until brain growth is complete, therefore allowing the skull to increase in size with the developing brain.

Gross anatomy

Sutures are fibrous joints with the periosteum externally and outer layer of dura mater being continuous over and under them. They typically appear wavy for added strength.

Named sutures divided by their general location include:

Specific names are given to where sutures meet, see: skull landmarks

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Cranial sutures - normal
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