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    What causes left sided skull indentations?

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Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: I now have to skull indentations on the left side. One has just appeared behind one that I have had for several months. They are about 3 inches apart.
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Indentations on the skull are rarely NEW- just unnoticed

Detailed Answer:
Good afternoon. Many people will "notice" bumps on their heads at different times of their lives and for different reasons. In point of fact, every human skull has a UNIQUE array and distribution of indentations/bumps, dips, turns, grooves, etc. which have been shown to be equivalent to fingerprints. No 2 skulls develop the exact same number or distribution of bumps and formations.

However, it RARELY the case that NEW BUMPS appear where none were before....and especially late in life and also especially in the absence of a trauma to the head or other medical complication that could explain such deformities. If there are bumps that were not present before and they are painful for any reason or feel depressible or "squishy" then, this is not a bump in the SKULL itself but rather it is the very thin layer of muscle and other soft tissue overlying the scalp.

On the other hand if there is a CLEAR AND PRESENT bump and especially if it is painful to the touch or if it clearly feels as if there were a THINNING of the hard surface as one may feel the fontanel area of a baby when first born then, these can be red flags and need to be investigated. In every other situation it is highly unlikely that anything NEW or significant developed and much more likely the case that a bump was simply not noticed before.

Remember, when a person examines their own head with their own hands it is nearly impossible to tell EXACTLY where the fingers are on the scalp and what the location of any bumps or contour changes occur unless they can be clearly marked, preserved, and then, compared during intervals of time.

If you have any of the red flags I've mentioned of pain, softening, fluctuance, fevers, or if you are on a blood thinner such as coumadin, have recently suffered a fall, or hard blow to the head then, you would be wise to not only let your physician know at your earliest convenience but depending upon symptoms of headache, vertigo, lightheadedness, nausea/vomiting, double vision, etc. you may wish to present to an ER sooner for X-rays or CAT scans to be sure nothing acute is going on. My experience in these types of circumstances is that after all is said and done the new found bumps/lumps turn out to be irregularities of the skull which have been present long term and nothing else needs to be worried about.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dariush Saghafi 21 minutes later
My problem is indentations. Not bumps?
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi 15 hours later
Brief Answer:
Indentations on head

Detailed Answer:
Typically, when people refer to indentations or bumps they are speaking of one in the same thing. The contour of the skull has irregularities and sometimes "indentations" can be interpreted by a patient when they are simply feeling the flattened area between 2 curves or "bumps." But no matter what one wants to call them as they feel.....as I said in my answer is that these do not represent anything serious and are usually due to soft tissue irregularities more than SKULL irregularities.

Nonetheless, it is a good idea if you are concerned about them to allow your doctor to feel the contour and physically look at the area you're referring to as an "indentation." In that way they can determine whether there is a problem or not. Things that would prompt me to recommend you be seen emergently at an ER would be sudden pain or tenderness, association of fevers, acute or recent trauma to the head where you were dazed or lost consciousness, any type of secretion, bleeding, etc.

In my opinion, your condition is benign and should not cause any further worry at this time.

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If none of these symptoms are present then, the condition is likely benign and can wait for an appointment with your doctor when the schedule permits.
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