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Craniotabes is a feature of thin skull bones such that when the occipital or posterior parietal bones are pressed upon they depress in the same manner as a ping-pong or table tennis ball.

Causes include:

  • normal finding near the sutures in a newborn infant
  • rickets
  • hydrocephalus
  • syphilis
  • osteogenesis imperfecta
  • hypervitaminosis A

Last reviewed 01/2018