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Title: Cranial sutures: a multidisciplinary review
Authors: Di Ieva, Antonio
Bruner, Emiliano
Davidson, Jennilee
Pisano, Patrizia
Haider, Thomas
Stone, Scellig S.
Cusimano, Michael D.
Tschabitscher, Manfred
Grizzi, Fabio
Keywords: Braincase;Cranial anatomy;Craniosynostosis;Fractal geometry;Functional craniology;Sutures
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Child's Nervous System, 2013, 29 (6), 893-905
Abstract: Introduction Progress in cranial suture research is shaping our current understanding of the topic; however, emphasis has been placed on individual contributing components rather than the cranial sutural system as a whole. Improving our holistic view helps further guide clinicians who treat cranial sutural abnormalities as well as researchers who study them. Materials and methods Information from anatomy, anthropology, surgery, and computed modeling was integrated to provide a perspective to interpret suture formation and variability within the cranial functional and structural system. Results Evidence from experimental settings, simulations, and evolution suggest a multifactorial morphogenetic process associated with functions and morphology of the sutures. Despite molecular influences, the biomechanical cranial environment has a main role in both the ontogenetic and phylogenetic suture dynamics. Conclusions Furthering our holistic understanding of the intricate cranial sutural system promises to expand our knowledge and enhance our ability to treat associated anomalies.
ISSN: 0256-7040
DOI: 10.1007/s00381-013-2061-4
Type: Article
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