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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 16. No. 3, 2011

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2011;16:184-187

Case Report

Why Does the Fracture Not Heal? Vascular Channel Mimicking Skull Fracture

KTP Hui, wmw Lam, MT Chau


Vascular channel of the frontal bone is a rare anatomical variant. This report describes a child who suffered from head injury with right parietal skull fracture and another suspicious fracture at the right frontal bone. Follow-up computed tomography showed persistent frontal "fracture" while the parietal fracture had resolved. Post-processing with 3D volume rendering showed that it was actually not a fracture. While there is no accessory frontal suture reported other than the metopic suture, the most likely cause for the radiolucency here is vascular channel of the frontal bone. Image post-processing is very helpful in doubtful situation, and should be considered in addition to axial images in our daily practice.

Keyword : Child; Computer-assisted; Image processing; Skull fractures; Tomography; X-Ray computed

Abstract in Chinese


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