The ossification of the anterior skull base, especially the lamina cribrosa, has been studied by computed tomography and histopathology. Sixteen human fetuses, (referred to our laboratory for pathological examination after spontaneous abortion between 18 and 32 weeks of gestation) and three infants, (1, 2 and 6 years of age, respectively) were examined. The cartilaginous preformation of the anterior skull base creates a ‘pseudo-defect’ on CT in the coronal plane, even with ultra thin sections and high resolution CT. By the age of 6 years of life this ‘artefact’ is no longer, as the present ossification of the lamina cribrosa is, by that time, complete.

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doi.org/10.1016/0720-048X(90)90141-W, hdl.handle.net/1765/66818
European Journal of Radiology
Department of Otorhinolaryngology

van Loosen, J., Klooswijk, A. I. J., van Velzen, D., & Verwoerd, C. (1990). Computed tomography of the human developing anterior skull base. European Journal of Radiology, 10(3), 211–214. doi:10.1016/0720-048X(90)90141-W