Friday, February 10, 2017

Difference between Caput Succedaneum and Cephalhematoma

Hello everyone!
Lemme tell you the difference between Caput Succedaneum and Cephalhematoma today! :)

Caput Succedaneum:
What is it?
Caput succedaneum is an edema of the scalp.
When does it develop?
It often appears over the vertex of the newborn’s head as a result of pressure against the mother’s cervix during labor.
When does it disappear?
Resolves over a few days.

What is it?
Cephalhematoma is a collection of blood between the periosteum of a skull bone and the bone itself.
When does it develop?
Develops within the first 24 to 48 hours after birth.
When does it disappear?
Resolves over a few months.

What differentiates the two?
Caput Succedaneum extends across the midline and over suture lines. Cephalhematoma has clear edges that end at the suture lines.

Mnemonic: caput SuCcedaneum Suture line Crosser.
CS: Caput Succedaneum Crosses Suture lines.

That's all!


  1. Caput = Cap ie crosses suture like the cap !

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