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Potential complications of neonatal cephalhaematoma in the community: when to refer to the paediatric team?
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PMID:  21485897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Neonatal cephalhaematoma is commonly seen after a minor birth trauma, e.g. from vacuum-assisted deliveries. It is usually considered benign and resolves spontaneously without any treatment. Considerable parental anxiety may be associated with this condition and thus primary health care professionals play a significant role in providing reassurance to the new parents. Complications, although rare, are known to occur and can be potentially serious. A degree of uncertainty is often seen among primary health care professionals about whether to refer such cases to hospital. Recognition of the complications by primary health care professionals and early involvement of the paediatric services are essential to prevent serious complications such as meningitis and osteomyelitis. A case of bilateral cephalhaematoma is presented which was suspected to be infected and needed in-patient hospital care. The potential complications of a cephalhaematoma are discussed and guidelines provided for expediting early and appropriate referral of complicated cases to the paediatric services.
Siba Prosad Paul; Alexander Goodman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family health care     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1474-9114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Health Care     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142028     Medline TA:  J Fam Health Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Paediatrics, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, St Richard's Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6SE.
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