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International Journal of Forensic Medicine

2019, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Part A

Determination of age from fusion of skull vault sutures

Author(s): Dr. Anmol Upreti

Abstract: Background: Cranial suture closure has long been recognized as a character of human development related to aging. For this reason, it has been utilized for various forensic and archaeological studies to determine the age of an unidentified/or skeletonized individuals. Various cadaveric studies have established the role of lambdoid suture in age estimation, but not routinely practiced. Age estimation is an integral part of the biological profile employed by forensic anthropologists in order to assist in achieving an identification of an unknown deceased individual. The main objective of this article is to determine the pattern of cranial vault suture closure in relation to age. Material and methods: Total number of 90 subjects, 25 years and beyond were included in the study, and divided into four groups with an age interval of 10 years. Each individual was subjected to radiological examination of the skull with a view to• study the Sagittal, Coronal and Lambdoid sutures, a special view was evolved by trial in order to get all the basic three sutures in one film. Ectocranial and endocranial closure pattern were studied. Result: A significant difference was observed between the age group and suture closure. Coronal suture was the first to fuse followed by sagittal suture. Lambdoid suture. Endocranially, starts fusing at the age of 25‐30 yrs. Closure was found earlier in females compared to males. Conclusion: Suture obliteration occurs earlier on endocranial surface. Based on endocranial suture fusion, Coronal suture was first to close followed by sagittal suture, lambdoid suture sequentially.

DOI: 10.33545/27074447.2019.v1.i1a.2

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Dr. Anmol Upreti. Determination of age from fusion of skull vault sutures. Int J Forensic Med 2019;1(1):04-06. DOI: 10.33545/27074447.2019.v1.i1a.2
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