Caput succedaneum describes oedema of the scalp at the presenting part of the head, typically the vertex. This may be due to mechanical trauma of the initial portion of the scalp pushing through the cervix in a prolonged delivery or secondary to the use of ventouse (vacuum) delivery.

Clinical features

  • Soft, puffy swelling due to localised oedema
  • Crosses suture lines


No treatment is needed.