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A rare case of persistent metopic suture in an elderly individual: Incidental autopsy fi nding with clinical implications

*, Vikram S and Rao, Jagadish Padubidri and Dutt, Aswini R. (2014) A rare case of persistent metopic suture in an elderly individual: Incidental autopsy fi nding with clinical implications. Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 61-63. ISSN 2321-4848

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Abstract

Metopic suture is a dense fi brous joint extending from the nasion to the bregma. Normally, closure of this suture takes place between 1-8 years of age. Failure of this closure beyond 8 years leads to persistent metopic suture. A rare case of persistent metopic suture in a 60-year-old male is documented, who committed suicide by alleged consumption of organophosphorous compound at District Govt. Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Metopic suture may mimic skull fracture and may mislead an inexperienced forensic expert. Neurosurgeon should also be aware of this anatomical variation while performing frontal craniotomy, as the persistent metopic suture may mimic vertical fracture of the skull. Hence, in this case report, the clinical and medico-legal implications of the persistent metopic sutures have been discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bregma, metopic suture, nasion, persistent frontal suture
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2014 06:37
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 06:37
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139679

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