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Cephalohematoma

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Cephalohematoma means a bruise of the skull. Occasionally, a difficult delivery or an early trauma causes bruising and bleeding in a specific site of the skull. This may become infiltrated by calcium and produce a prominence.

Most cephalohematomas do not require treatment; however, when they are especially large and disfiguring, the neurosurgeon, occasionally working with the craniofacial plastic surgeon, will recontour the skull. This is relatively simple to do.