Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Neonatal head injuries
  1. Colin A Graham,
  2. Stuart J O'Toole,
  3. Graham Haddock
  1. Department of Paediatric Surgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Graham, Specialist Registrar, Accident and Emergency Department, Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4TF (ColinGraham{at}


A retrospective case note review of head injuries in neonates admitted to the Neonatal Surgical Unit in Glasgow between 1990 and 1996 (n=25) was carried out. Most injuries were caused by a fall (68%) and resulted in scalp haematomata and associated skull fractures in the majority of patients. Three neonates were involved in high speed road traffic accidents, and these infants all had intracranial pathology identified by computed tomography. Isolated skull fractures were common and did not appear to be associated with any neurological deficit. Non-accidental injury was uncommon in this age group. Outcome was excellent in the majority of patients (92%).

  • head injuries
  • neonates

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Funding: none.

  • Conflicts of interest: none.