Spontaneous Subgaleal Hematoma: A Rare Complication of Sickle Cell Disease

Date of submission: 10-05-2018 | Date of acceptance: 16-08-2018 | Published: 30-01-2019

Authors

  • Inês Pinto Ferreira Sickle Cell Disease Unit, Paediatrics Department, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Isabel Cravo Neuroradiology Clinical Autonomous Unit, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Teresa Ferreira Sickle Cell Disease Unit, Paediatrics Department, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Carlos Escobar Sickle Cell Disease Unit, Paediatrics Department, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25754/pjp.2019.13789

Abstract

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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2019-01-30

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