Calcified cephalohematoma

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis almost certain


Persistent left parietal lump, which is of concern to the parents. Normal vaginal delivery.

Patient Data

Age: 3 months
Gender: Male

Calcified mass in the left parietal region.

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

Case Discussion

Cephalohematomas are traumatic subperiosteal hematomas that are usually caused by birth injury.

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

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