Ping pong fracture of the skull

Case contributed by Dr Abhinav Ranwaka


Forceps delivery

Patient Data

Age: 1 day
Gender: Female

A depressed fracture is noted in the postreior part of the right parietal bone, with intact periosteum and dura. No obvious fractue line is noted. 

Case Discussion

The ping-pong skull fracture or a pond fracture is a depressed fracture of the infant skull caused by inner buckling of the calvarim. It is seen in newborns because of the soft and resilient nature of their bones 

The fracture is called a 'ping pong fracture' because it resembles a ping pong ball that has been indented inwards by pushing in with a finger. It is also referred to as 'pond fracture'.

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Case information

rID: 26775
Published: 7th Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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