Layers of the scalp (mnemonic)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 15 Mar 2019

A mnemonic for the layers of the scalp is:


This is particularly helpful when considering the location of a scalp hematoma.


  • S: skin
  • C: connective tissue
  • A: (galea) aponeurosis
  • L: loose connective tissue
  • P: periosteum

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Cases and figures

  • Galea aponeurosis
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