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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 265-266

Transient bulging of the anterior fontanel

Department of Paediatrics, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Dr. Ibrahim Aliyu
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_114_17

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Bulging of the anterior fontanel could be an ominous sign, especially when associated with other signs or symptoms of raised intracranial pressure. However, some benign conditions have also been reported with bulging of the anterior fontanel such as following Rotaviral gastroenteritis, respiratory tract infection, rosella infantum infection, and vaccination. This is usually transient and its exact mechanism is not completely understood. Therefore, the case of a 5-month-old boy who had a bulging anterior fontanel following treatment for meningitis, which was confused with postmeningitic hydrocephalus, is reported.

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