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An unusual swelling on an infant's head
  1. Jarlath McAloon,
  2. John McCabe
  1. Paediatric Department, Antrim Hospital, Antrim, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jarlath McAloon, Paediatric Department, Antrim Hospital, 45 Bush Road, Antrim BT41 2RL; UK; jarlath.mcaloon{at}

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Acquired scalp swelling in neonates and infants is common. Differential diagnostic considerations normally include caput succedaneum, cephalhaematoma, subaponeurotic haemorrhage and subgaleal CSF collection but not a seroma.1 ,2

A well baby, age 12 weeks, presented with a 4 week history of parieto-occipital painless fluctuant scalp swelling. Term birth …

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