Spontaneous Subgaleal Hematoma: A Rare Complication of Sickle Cell Disease

  • Inês Pinto Ferreira Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca
  • Isabel Cravo
  • Teresa Ferreira
  • Carlos Escobar


Spontaneous subgaleal hematoma is a rare complication associated with sickle cell disease. Although its cause is not clearly defined, it is frequently associated with vaso-occlusive crises. It may be a neurosurgical emergency when associated with epidural haematoma. The authors describe a case report of an adolescent with sickle cell disease that presented this complication, posing diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. This report highlights the importance of considering this diagnosis in patients with sickle cell disease that present with headache and haematoma of the head.


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Author Biography

Inês Pinto Ferreira, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca
Interna do 3º ano do Departamento de Pediatria do Hospital Porf Doutor Fernando Fonseca
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