Symptoms & Signs
- Soft, puffy swelling of part of the scalp in a newborn infant
- Swelling may or may not have some degree of discoloration or bruising
- Swelling may extend over the midline of the scalp
- Most often seen on the portion of the head which presented first
- May be associated with increased molding of the head
Diagnosis & Tests
A physical examination will confirm that the swelling is a caput succedaneum. No testing is necessary.
Review Date : 5/11/2009
Reviewed By : Daniel Rauch, MD, FAAP. Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Program, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.