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What causes an indentation on skull after a mitral valve replacement surgery?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: I'm 51 years old. I've had a mitral valve replacement surgery 2 yrs ago. Thursday I was brushing my hair before going to bed and found an indentation on my skull. It wasnt there that morning when I washed my hair. Can you tell me was causes it and what should I do about it? I go see my PCP in the morning. What are some questions I should ask him? It also feels like there is ice cold water sitting on the top of my head.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (46 minutes later)
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hello and thank you for sending the question.

I don't think this particular issue has anything to do with your mitral valve replacement.

Certain considerations that need to be entertained include: possibility that this is inflammatory and may represent some type of fluid collection. Also must make sure there's not some type of growth that is disturbing the surface of your bone.

A good physical examination is certainly part of the logical work up. If your doctor is not able to determine exactly what is causing this indentation then x-rays may be helpful. If the x-rays do not determine any particular abnormality then a CT scan may also be helpful.

it is difficult to speculate on exactly what is going on but I would like to see what your doctors impression is based on a good physical examination. Feel free to share your experience with your doctor with us for for the recommendations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Galamaga
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What causes an indentation on skull after a mitral valve replacement surgery?

Brief Answer: Considerations Detailed Answer: hello and thank you for sending the question. I don't think this particular issue has anything to do with your mitral valve replacement. Certain considerations that need to be entertained include: possibility that this is inflammatory and may represent some type of fluid collection. Also must make sure there's not some type of growth that is disturbing the surface of your bone. A good physical examination is certainly part of the logical work up. If your doctor is not able to determine exactly what is causing this indentation then x-rays may be helpful. If the x-rays do not determine any particular abnormality then a CT scan may also be helpful. it is difficult to speculate on exactly what is going on but I would like to see what your doctors impression is based on a good physical examination. Feel free to share your experience with your doctor with us for for the recommendations. Sincerely, Dr. Galamaga