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February 1966

Anterior Fontanel Bone

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From the 363rd Tactical Air Command Hospital, Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(2):223-224. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090050155016

AN ANTERIOR fontanel bone is an ectopic ossification center.1 It is a rare condition which has been mentioned briefly in radiology textbooks2 and has been described as occurring in one pair of siblings.3 The purpose of this report is to present another case of an anterior fontanel bone.

Report of a Case  A 3½-month-old white male infant was admitted to the 363rd Tactical Air Command Hospital because an enlarged head had been noted in the well-baby clinic.The child was the product of a full-term uncomplicated pregnancy. Findings of physical examination at birth were normal and he was discharged from the nursery on the fifth day of life with head and chest circumferences of 33 and 27.1 cm respectively.System review revealed no history of head injury, convulsions, or fever.Physical examination revealed a well-developed well-nourished child with a symmetrically enlarged head measuring 43.3 cm. The chest

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