International Journal of Anatomy and Research

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Type of Article: Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 3 | Page No. 2760-2763

Date of Publication: 31-08-2016



Sameer Sathe *1, Rashmi Sathe 2.

*1 Associate Professor Anatomy, Peoples Medical College, Bhanpur, Bhopal (MP), India.

2 MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology).

Address: Dr. Sameer Sathe, HIG A-16, PCMS Campus, Peoples Medical College, Bhanpur, Bhopal (MP), Pin 462037, India. E-Mail:


Introduction: Metopic suture is present between developing frontal bones. It disappears approximately by 2-3 years and latest by 8 years of age. The persistence of this suture is termed as metopism. It may persist normally without any clinical implications.  However, it may be confused with skull fracture in Post mortem studies or on imaging studies. Clinically it may be present in few genetic or metabolic disorders.
Materials and Methods:  This study was conducted on 70 human adult dry skulls. The skulls were inspected at the Norma Frontalis for the presence of the Metopic suture. The sutures were classified as complete and incomplete types.
Observations and Results: Out of 70 skulls studied, a complete metopic suture was found in 2 skulls (2.85%), whereas an incomplete suture was observed in 3 skulls (4.28%).The remaining 65 skulls (92.85 %) of the skulls did not show any metopic suture.
Conclusion: The present study showed the incidence of metopic sutures in adult skulls of central India. The present study is clinically useful in the fields of Radiology and Medicolegal purposes.
Key words: Metopic suture, Metopism, Frontal bone.


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Sameer Sathe, Rashmi Sathe. A STUDY OF PERSISTENT METOPIC SUTURE IN DRY SKULLS IN CENTRAL INDIA. Int J Anat Res 2016;4(3):2760-2763. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.328




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