Subgaleal hematoma secondary to hair braiding in a 31-month-old child

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009 Jan;25(1):40-1. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318191db98.


A 31-month-old African American girl who presented with subgaleal hematoma (SGH) a day after having her hair braided. This hematoma was managed conservatively with resolution in 2 weeks. Subgaleal hematoma secondary to hair braiding is very uncommon. Being aware that hair braiding is a potential cause of SGH is very important so as to avoid unnecessary investigations, interventions, and reports to child protective services. A review of the literature, potential complications, and management of SGH has been described here.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Beauty Culture / methods*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Fever / etiology
  • Hair*
  • Hematoma / etiology*
  • Hemorrhagic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pressure / adverse effects*
  • Scalp / injuries*