Cephalohematoma is a common birth injury that occurs in 1% to 2 % of live births. It occurs when a pool of blood is stuck between the skull and the periosteum, or the membrane that covers the outer surface of the bone. Most cases of cephalohematoma happen as a result of improperly performed vacuum extraction.
The primary sign of cephalohematoma is a bulge over the head. When the amount of blood is small, the bulge is oftentimes soft. The bulge is firmer for cephalohematoma with a greater amount of blood. Although cephalohematoma can be subdued without treatment, excessive amounts of collected blood may require the infant to undergo a blood transfusion or other procedures.
Cephalohematoma can result from negligent medical care during birth. If you believe your child has suffered due to medical malpractice, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to look into your situation to assess the legal actions you may take against the party responsible. Call our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 today.