Birth Injury:

Cephalohematoma

Cephalohematoma is a collection of blood under an infant’s scalp that most commonly occurs as a childbirth complication. In most cases, cephalohematoma occurs when the infant’s head is forced through the birth canal. Cephalohematoma can also signify a skull fracture, particularly if forceps have been used. When the cephalohematoma crosses suture lines in the skull, doctors should cautious of a potential skull fracture.

The size of the cephalohematoma will determine how the mass appears. If the cephalohematoma is small, the bump will be soft, while larger cephalohematomas will be firm. Diagnosing cephalohematoma is usually easy, as the birth injury can be seen as a bulging area on either side of the head. Treatment for this birth injury usually involves watchful waiting. Doctors should never drain cephalohematoma because of the risk of infection.

While most cephalohematomas disappear within a few months, they can lead to serious complications including:

  • Anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Infection of the blood collection

If your child suffered complications from cephalohematoma, you may have encountered numerous doctor visits, costly medical bills and emotional distress. Our birth injury attorneys can help you recover compensation for these financial and emotional hardships. Fill out our free case evaluation today to find out if you qualify for a birth injury lawsuit.

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