Calcified cephalohaematoma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Three month old child with a persistent left parietal lump, which is of concern to the parents. Normal vaginal delivery.

Patient Data

Age: 3 months
Gender: Male

Calcific density mass in the left parietal region, which is contiguous with the parietal bone.

It partly parallels the periosteum, in keeping with being contained by it.

Case Discussion

Cephalohaematomas are traumatic subperiosteal haematomas that are usually caused by birth injury.

These haematomas are bound by the periosteum and therefore cannot cross sutures.  A proportion of them will calcify over time.

Active intervention is rarely if ever required.

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Case information

rID: 31080
Published: 19th Sep 2014
Last edited: 6th Feb 2017
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