Case contributed by Dr Aditya Shetty


Forceps delivery.

Patient Data

Age: newborn
Gender: Male

Xray findings:

  • soft tissue density noted along the right parieto-occipital convexity
  • it is well defined and limited by the suture line

Case Discussion

Case of cephalohematoma following forceps delivery

  • They are bound by the periosteum and therefore cannot cross sutures.
  • Being bound by a suture line distinguishes them from subgaleal haematoma, which can cross sutures
  • Most resolve spontaneously.
  • Cephalohaematomas usually gradually incorporate into the calvaria by ossification.
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Case information

rID: 28766
Published: 11th Apr 2014
Last edited: 11th Aug 2018
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