Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Caput Succedaneum

photo by Janelle Aby, MD

After the pressure is released, the pitting indentation is clearly seen. Although caput can cross over suture lines (since it affects the scalp), it is often predominently or entirely unilateral. Evaluating for pitting edema is a much more useful diagnostic tool than location. By the next morning, the edema had completely resolved.

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