CRANIAL SWELLING – A DIAGNOSTIC CHALLENGE

Authors

  • Ana Maria Ferreira Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga
  • Joana Silva Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga
  • Virginia Monteiro Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga
  • Susana Tavares Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga
  • Ricardo Araújo Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga
  • Cristina Rocha Department of Pediatrics, Centro Hospitalar de Entre Douro e Vouga

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v26.i2.9942

Keywords:

Infant, scalp swelling, subaponeurotic fluid collection

Abstract

Subaponeurotic fluid collection (SFC) is a benign cranial swelling and, probably, underdiagnosed, which arises a few weeks after birth.
We describe a case of an infant with a history of a vacuum delivery and a posterior cephalohematoma reabsorbed during the neonatal period. At two months of age, develops a soft, non-tender, translucent and painless right posterior swelling without any inflammatory signs. The infant remained clinically stable, without other changes on physical examination and summary analytical study. Cranial nuclear magnetic resonance showed a subgaleal fluid collection. The diagnosis of SFC was suported and a conservative attitude was decided, with full reversal two months after.
Despite the impact of their clinical presentation, it is a benign entity that health care providers should be able to identify and manage.

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Published

2017-07-24

How to Cite

Ferreira, A. M., Silva, J., Monteiro, V., Tavares, S., Araújo, R., & Rocha, C. (2017). CRANIAL SWELLING – A DIAGNOSTIC CHALLENGE. NASCER E CRESCER - BIRTH AND GROWTH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 26(2), 138–141. https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v26.i2.9942

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