Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
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Common sequelae of birth trauma, frequently associated with forceps delivery. Is a subperiosteal calvarial hemorrhage and therefore the bleeding is limited by suture lines. Heals via progressive resorption over several months, and is treated via observation.
Usually seen over the parietal regions and underlying fractures are rare. Peripheral calcification of the hematoma is seen by 10-14 days and eventually the entire hematoma is outlined by calcification. Resolution takes several months and there is often some degree of remnant calvarial thickening.
Obstetrical Scalp Injuries
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