Lambdoid suture. (shown in red line.)
Side view of the skull. ('Lambdoidal suture' visible at right.)
|Anatomical terms of bone|
The lambdoid suture (or lambdoidal suture) is a dense, fibrous connective tissue joint on the posterior aspect of the skull that connects the parietal bones with the occipital bone. It is continuous with the occipitomastoid suture.
Its name comes from its lambda-like shape.
At birth, the bones of the skull do not meet. If certain bones of the skull grow too fast, then craniosynostosis (premature closure of the sutures) may occur. This can result in skull deformities. If the lambdoid suture closes too soon on one side, the skull will appear twisted and asymmetrical, a condition called "plagiocephaly." Plagiocephaly refers to the shape and not the condition. The condition is craniosynostosis.
- "Sagittal suture." Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th ed. (2000).
- Moore, Keith L., and T.V.N. Persaud. The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th ed. (2003).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lambdoid sutures.|
- Anatomy figure: 22:01-03 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Posterior)
- Anatomy figure: 22:03-02 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Lateral)
- Anatomy diagram: 34256.000-2 at Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, Elsevier
- Diagram at SUNY/Upstate