Posterior fontanelle

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Neil Lall et al.

The posterior fontanelle or occipital fontanelle is the triangular soft membranous gap at the junction of the lambdoid and sagittal sutures. It persists until approximately 2-3 months after birth, after which it is known as the lambda. It can be used as an additional sonographic window for performing cranial ultrasound to improve visualization of dependently layering intraventricular hemorrhage.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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rID: 62360
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Posterior fontanel
  • Occipital fontanelle
  • Occipital fontanel

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