Scalp edema: don't forget sunburn in children

Turk J Pediatr. Sep-Oct 2012;54(5):540-2.


Scalp edema is an uncommon and striking finding in children that may alarm both parents and physicians. The objectives of this case report were to raise awareness among pediatric emergency physicians of the unusual presentation of sunburn as scalp edema. We present the case of an eight-year-old boy with sunburn of the head, presenting with scalp and face edema. Pitting edema and erythema were dominant on the forehead. Shaving of the boy's head the day before the symptoms was the most striking issue, and the sunburn healed gradually without any complications. Healthcare professionals should be aware of this condition, and the diagnosis of sunburn must be kept in mind in otherwise healthy-looking patients with a unique history.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Edema / diagnosis
  • Edema / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scalp*
  • Sunburn / complications*
  • Sunburn / diagnosis