Caput Succedaneum

What Is Caput Succedaneum?

A caput succedaneum, also known as capsicum media, is normally shaped like a small button. The button-like shape of the caput succedaneum makes it easy to see when it has been squeezed tightly. It can be squeezed hard several times and still will not release the juice. This can cause the lumpy texture known as a caput. If the liquid is extracted, it will look like a bean.

A caput succedaneum, formed during a difficult delivery, is much more prone to forming during long or slow delivery. It’s most common after the membranes have ruptured. This is mainly because the fluid within the amniotic sac no longer provides a safe cushion for the developing baby. Vacuum extractions performed during a severe medical emergency can increase the likelihood of a caput succedaneum occurring.

This condition can be caused by two different things. One is an improper delivery, in which there is not enough time for contractions leading up to the birth of the baby. The second is external pressure on the abdomen during the delivery that causes swelling.

The medical cause of caput succedaneum can be separated into two categories. Bleeding and mechanical pressure are caused by different blood vessels. Blood vessel disorders such as myocardial infarction, or hypertension, can cause the sudden stop of contractions in veins carrying oxygenated blood. Hypertension can cause fluid retention, excessive bleeding from veins, and a lack of sufficient blood flow throughout the body.

Mechanical stress is also one of the main causes of caput succedaneum, especially in pregnant women. Trauma, such as cord or spinal cord injury, occurs when the head is suddenly impacted. Head injuries can also result in inflammation of the brain and its protective skull covering. These traumas often cause swelling to the extent that vision may become impaired. When this happens, fluid leaks from the skull can drain into the abdominal cavity, causing an accumulation of pressure. If the delivery is delayed, this can progress until there is a loss of oxygen in the womb.

The main complications of caput succedaneum are infection and trauma. The common method of infection is due to one of the babies swallowing bacteria. The bacteria then travel through the placenta into the abdominal cavity and into the amniotic fluid. The amniotic fluid contains proteins that facilitate the growth of bacteria. When the bacteria grow, they produce wastes which are then released through the amniotic fluid.

Injury to the head is also a cause for caput succedaneum and other such complications. This might be a result of a car accident, head injury sustained in a work accident or during sports. When the skull is injured severely, the elasticity of the tissue can be interrupted. This can affect the smooth movement of the muscles. Inborn abnormalities of the spinal cord are another of the main causes of this problem.

It’s important to check with your doctor if you have any symptoms of jaundice since it may be accompanied by a fever. Jaundice can cause many complications. One of the most serious complications of jaundice is a condition called sepsis. Sepsis is a bloodstream infection. Women with a history of pregnancy with severe trauma to the head and those who have a history of infections in the pelvis or urinary tract should immediately call their doctors for a diagnosis of caput succedaneum and consult them about ways of reducing or preventing the possibility of sepsis occurring.

Another common cause of caput succedaneum occurs due to trauma to the amniotic sac. The amniotic sac is a sac that surrounds the fetus inside the uterus. Abnormal growths in the amniotic sac or membranes can cause a possible formation of a tear. Trauma can also occur when membranes rupture during physical trauma such as during abdominal surgery.

A possible reason for caput succedaneum occurs when the baby’s skull may appear to be moving back and forth in the vaginal delivery. This is called “cavus ventrabilis.” In general, the skull may appear to move backward before the baby is born. During vaginal delivery, the uterus may rotate backward due to the excess fluid being expelled from the lungs. With this rotation, the skull may appear to move backward.

To prevent this condition, medical professionals should check the placenta for excessive fluid production and abnormal scarring. If there is excessive scarring, medical professionals should also check the amniotic lining for folding. With these conditions treated, most cases of caput succedaneum are easily preventable. Again, women who smoke have a greater risk of having this condition, so quitting smoking is a good idea. Couples who are planning a vaginal birth should discuss all available options with their medical professionals.