Unexplained massive subdural haematoma in a newborn delivered by elective caesarian section: a case report

  • LI Audu
  • M Mukhtar-yola
  • AT Otunete
  • AB Mairami
  • VE Nwatah
  • MR Mahmud
  • CU Ugwuanyi
  • AU Umar
Keywords: Symptomatic subdural haematoma, Caesarean section, severe birth injuries, neonatal seizure

Abstract

Symptomatic subdural haematoma (SDH) in term infants typically occur following traumatic vaginal delivery. Emergency Caesarean Section (EmC/S) carried out after failed attempts at vaginal delivery may also be complicated by symptomatic SDH but spontaneous symptomatic SDH complicating Elective Caesarean Section (ElC/S) is a rarity. We describe a case of massive SDH in a term baby delivered by Elective C/S in the absence of risk factors for intracranial haemorrhage. The aim of this presentation is to highlight the significance of acute subdural haematoma in the diagnostic work up of neonates presenting with acute neurologic symptoms in the absence of traumatic delivery.

Key words: Symptomatic subdural haematoma, Caesarean section, severe birth injuries, neonatal seizure

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