Accessory occipital suture

Discussion:

Accessory sutures are common in parietal and occipital bones.

It is important to know these anatomic variations, mainly in the setting of head trauma in children, where it could be difficult to differentiate accessory sutures from skull fractures.

To differentiate them from skull fractures, those points are useful:

Accessory sutures are usually:

  • bilateral
  • make a "zig-zag" pattern with interdigitations
  • have sclerotic borders similar to major calvarial sutures
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