Posterior fontanelle

The posterior fontanelle (lambdoid fontanelle, occipital fontanelle) is a gap between bones in the human skull (known as fontanelle), triangular in form and situated at the junction of the sagittal suture and lambdoidal suture. It generally closes in 6–8 weeks from birth. The cranial point in adults corresponding the fontanelle is called 'lambda' A delay in closure is associated with congenital hypothyroidism.

Posterior fontanelle
Skull at birth, showing frontal and occipital fonticuli
LatinFonticulus posterior
Anatomical terminology

See also

  • Lambda (anatomy)


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 196 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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