Skull Indentations...Normal?

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    I volunteer at a local clinic that is manged by NPs. It allows me to practice taking vitals and assessments before the NP comes in to examine the patient. The oddest thing occured. I was assessing a patient and there were indentations in her skull. I was palpating her scalp and felt a few dents. One was about 5 cm in length and 1 cm wide. It was deep too. There were 2 other dents that I felt. I asked her if she knew about them and if she was born with them. She said that she wasn't born with them, but noticed them about 3 months ago when washing her hair. She is 24 years old and has never been involved in a trauma of any kind.

    I reported it to the NP who didn't know what it was, but referred the patient. Has anyone seen/felt that before? I've seen men with shaved heads before that have abnormalities. But this was so much different. I couldn't see it because she had a lot of hair but it felt like a newborn's fontanels (but longer). This is still bothering me. Any ideas?

    --Senior Nursing Student
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    My wife is a massage therapist and she mentioned that it could have something to do with muscle tension. Without palpating it myself I dunno.
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    My skull has lumps and dents. No history of head trauma. Luckily for me, I have a full head of hair.
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    My son and husband both have ridges along the suture lines.

    I have two dents exactly as you describe- on either side of my head above my ears. Those are from wearing glasses. It just happened over time. I know I don't have soft bones, as clumsy as I am I'd break a bone once a week if I did.
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    Quote from RhiaRN75
    My son and husband both have ridges along the suture lines.

    I have two dents exactly as you describe- on either side of my head above my ears. Those are from wearing glasses. It just happened over time. I know I don't have soft bones, as clumsy as I am I'd break a bone once a week if I did.
    Thanks for your reply. The indentations were on top of her head though not the sides.


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