Subgaleal haematoma

Subgaleal haematoma describes scalp bleeding in the potential space between the periosteum and the galea aponeurosis.

It most commonly occurs after vacuum assisted delivery, but may also be seen following head trauma. In patients with intracranial haemorrhage or skull fractures, the incidence of subgaleal haemorrhage is increased.

Differential diagnosis

General imaging differential considerations include:

On certain MRI sequences also consider:

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rID: 13458
Section: Pathology
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Subgaleal haematoma
  • Subgaleal haematomas
  • Sub-galeal haematoma

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    Case 1: bilateral subgaleal haematomata
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