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Vol. 18 - Num. 71

Clinical Reviews

Healthy infant, with a feather on the scalp; the simplest explanation is usually the most likely

Laura Moreno Galarragaa, Alejandro Fernández Monterob

aServicio de Pediatría. Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra. Servicio Navarro de Salud. Pamplona. Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Navarra (IdiSNA). Pamplona. España.
bÁrea de Medicina del Trabajo. Clínica Universidad de Navarra. Pamplona. Navarra. España.

Correspondence: L Moreno. E-mail: lauramoreno11@yahoo.es

Reference of this article: Moreno Galarraga L, Fernández Montero A. Healthy infant, with a feather on the scalp; the simplest explanation is usually the most likely. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2016;18:263-5.

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Abstract

We present images of a healthy infant who was brought to our emergency department by his worried parents, who consulted concerned because “a feather has grown in his head”.

Physical examination was all normal, except from a small feather of approximately 3-4 mm, located on the right occipital- temporal region. No local inflammation, edema or erythema was appreciated in the area.

After cleaning the area, the feather was removed entirely using tweezers. Evolution was good and the small wound healed without complications.

It is possible that small feathers from duvets or pillows, may penetrate the baby skin or may be aspirated. Feathers may have sharp edges that easily penetrate the skin and can also cause different infections.

This simple case highlights the importance of advising parents about the use of appropriate materials in the environment of the baby bedding.

Keywords

Feather Foreign bodies Home Injury Soft tissue injuries

 

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