July 1983

Childhood Subgaleal Hematoma Following Minor Head Trauma

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Drs Kuban and Bresnan) and Neurosurgery (Dr Winston), Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital (Dr Winston), Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(7):637-640. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140330021006

• Subgaleal hematoma developed one to eight days after minor head trauma in four children and in two infants, one with presumed trauma. These six children had no evidence of fracture or abnormality of coagulation. Hemorrhage into the subgaleal space resulted most likely from either radial or tangential forces applied to blood vessels within the subgaleal space.

(Am J Dis Child 1983;137:637-640)