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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-63

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


1 Department of Anatomy, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Aswini R. Dutt
Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.133817

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Metopic suture is a dense fibrous 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.


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