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Exercise 12: The Fetal Skeleton

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pg. 167 - pg. 168

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Are the same skull bones seen in the adult also found in the fetal skull?

No, some areas still remain to be converted to bone.

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How does the size of the fetal face compare to its cranium?

Face is smaller

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How does this compare to the adult skull?

Adult skull is 1/8th total body length whereas the fetal skull is 1/4th total body length

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What are the outward conical projections on some of the fetal cranial bones?

These are ossification centers

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What is a fontanel?

Fibrous membranes between the bones of a fetal skull

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What is its fate? (fontanel)

becomes bone by 22 months

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What is the function of the fontanels in the fetal skull?

Allows skull to be compressed during birth and allows for brain growth during late fetal life.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

vertebrae

Fetus=33 Adult=24

The 5 sacral and 4 coccyx bones of the fetus fuse together - that's why adults only have 24

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

coxal bones

In the adult skeleton the coxal bones have fused (ischium, pubic, and ilium), while in the fetal skeleton these bones have not fused.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

carpals and tarsals

The carpals and tarsals are not ossified in the fetus.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

sternum

Its component parts are not fused in the fetus.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

frontal bone

The frontal bone is split at the midsaggital line at the metopic suture. In adults, the suture closes, creating a solid bone.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

patella

May be absent in the fetus; if present it is unossified.

Quite a bit softer and smaller in the fetus. The kneecap develops throughout childhood and into mid-teens.

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Describe how the fetal skeleton compares with the adult skeleton in the following areas:

thoracic cage

In a fetus the rib cage is compressed laterally froming a pointed anterior rib cage surface.
The thorax becomes more rigid with age, costal cartilages ossify

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How does the size of the fetus's head compare to the size of its body?

it is much larger leaving the body look too small; than if you compare an adult head to its body it seems to have better proportion.

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