Might you have seen or heard of people with dents in the head? Now, what causes these dents. How can you determine these causes? What are the risk factors for dents?

What are the causes of a dent in the head?

There are several causes which are listed below.

-Congenital skull indentation


-Paget’s disease of bone

-Gorham’s disease


Gorham’s disease

This is a rare idiopathic disorder characterised by the destruction of one or more bones which are replaced by connective and vascular tissue. The replacement leads to bone loss which is responsible for dent formation.


Severe blows fall, and car accidents can lead to a depressed fracture in your skull. This is where a part of the head is crushed in towards the brain. Emergency treatment is required for this type of injury. Medical evaluation by a qualified doctor is needed in case of a significant head injury.

Paget’s disease of bone

The disease hinders the formation of new and healthy bone tissues that are supposed to replace the old and worn out bone tissues. As a result, there is an overgrowth of bone in the skull which can cause headaches. The growth is responsible for the dented appearance of the head.


There are several bone destructive cancers such as multiple myeloma that cause skull irregularities and depressions.

Are there tests that can be conducted to reveal the causes of skull depression?

Doctors can perform several tests which are listed below.


-CT scan

-Bone scan


-PET scan

What are the risk factors for dent development?

The risk factors are dependent on the causes of the dent. Head dents can develop as a condition or a symptom. However, they are more prevalent in men than in women. Although there are no genetic causes, genetics play a significant role in some syndromes that can lead to dents formation in newborns. Other risk factors include; family history, environmental triggers, and lifestyle factors such as smoking.