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Images in paediatrics
Sinus pericranii (subgaleal varix)
  1. Bryan Padraig Finn1,
  2. Darach Crimmins2,
  3. Brian Henry Walsh3,4,
  4. Muireann Ni Chroinin5
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2 Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Temple St Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3 Department of Neonatology, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  4. 4 Department of Neonatology, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  5. 5 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bryan Padraig Finn, Paediatrics, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland; 112305976{at}

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We present two cases of sinus pericranii (subgaleal varix).

A term baby was found on newborn exam to have a small firm nodular swelling 1.5cm x 1.5cm in the occipito-parietal area with a small tuft of hair overlying the skin (figure 1).

Figure 1

Visible sinus pericranii.

An ultrasound scan confirmed a subcutaneous lesion, slightly to the right of the midline with a discrete vascular channel having transcranial extension and communicating with the …

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  • Contributors BPF: wrote the manuscript, acquired images and obtained consent. DC: primary neurosurgeon who provided us with neurosurgical guidance on our patients. BHW: consultant who cared for first case and provided guidance with writing the article and image choice. MNC: consultant who cared for second case and conceived original idea.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.