cephalhaematoma


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

cephalhaematoma

A collection of blood between a baby's skull and the overlying membrane (the PERIOSTEUM) usually resulting from unavoidable injury sustained in the course of a difficult forceps delivery. Cephalhaematoma appearing later in life must be investigated, because it may indicate a fractured skull.
References in periodicals archive ?
Evidence of bleed, 7 23.33% (Intracranial hemorrhage, GI bleed, Cephalhaematoma) 6.
women with normal body mass index (primigravid singleton otherwise uncomplicated pregnancies) (74) Outcome OR (95% CI) Post-dates (>41 weeks) delivery 1.4 (1.2-1.7) Induction of labor 1.6 (1.3-1.9) Failed instrumental delivery 1.75 (1.1-2.9) Cesarean section delivery 1.6 (1.4-2) Birth weight >4000 g 2.1 (1.6-2.6) Shoulder dystocia 2.9 (1.4-5.8) Birth trauma (a) 1.5 (1.1-2.1) Neonatal unit admission 1.5 (1.09-2.3) Gastric tube feeding 1.5 (1.08-2.0) OR: odds ratio, Cl: confidence interval (a) Skin cuts, grazes, bruises, fractures, muscle haematomas, dislocations, cephalhaematomas, and nerve palsies