Bilateral ossified cephalohaematomas

Case contributed by Dr Laughlin Dawes


Abnormal head shape.

Patient Data

Age: 3

There are bilateral bony protruberances from the parietal bones, which are seen to be due to thickened calvarium on the source images. This is the typical appearance of ossified cephalohaematomas.

Case Discussion

A cephalohematoma is a traumatic subperiosteal hematoma which is bounded by the periosteum and cannot cross sutures. This distinguishes it from a subgaleal hematoma, which does cross sutures. Cephalohematomas occur in 1–2% of live births.The incidence increases after forceps extraction. Cephalohematomas usually gradually incorporate into the calvaria by ossification. Cephalohematomas may be unilateral or bilateral.

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Case information

rID: 35830
Published: 1st May 2015
Last edited: 6th Nov 2015
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