Can The Protruding Part of My Skull Be Reduced?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m a 28yr old male and I’am interested in having a Reduction Cranioplasty. I have a large bump on the top right side of my head that has been causing me a lot of pain/discomfort and have taken multiple X-ray and ct scans thinking that it might have be a cyst or lipoma. Every doctor that I have seen about this issue has basically said that same thing, stating that there is no significant abnormalities noted in the area of outward bowing in the right side of the calvarium/parietal region. Attached is a picture of one of my ct scans.

A: You have a bony protrusion of the right temporal-parietal skull location that is very evident in the 2D CT scan. It appears that a reduction of that area based on bone thickness can not make it completely symmetric to the other side. But the combination of temporal muscle and skull bone reduction (down to the diploic space) can certainly lessen its prominence.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon