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Child-s Nervous System

, Volume 27, Issue 12, pp 2193–2195

First Online: 11 October 2011Received: 24 July 2011Accepted: 26 September 2011


Vacuum extraction is a frequently used form of assisted vaginal delivery. Here we describe a child who was born by vacuum extraction delivery. Days after the birth, a frontal swelling, which was thought to be a caput succedaneum, enlarged. Imaging revealed an iatrogenic encephalocele with a large subcutaneous CSF collection. Surgical reconstruction was performed. A parasagittal dura defect was closed. There was no involvement of the superior sagittal sinus. To our knowledge, encephalocele is an infrequent complication of vacuum extraction delivery, rarely described in literature. The child had a good recovery after the operation, without neurologic deficits.

KeywordsIatrogenic encephalocele Vacuum extraction delivery Dura defect Perinatal trauma  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Hanne-Rinck Jeltema - Eelco W. Hoving

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