Tip 124: subconjunctival haemorrhage

Subconjunctival haemorrhage at birth is frequent and not pathological.

It results from the breakage of small vessels during the pressure of delivery. It is always confined to the limits of the sclera. It is asymptomatic, does not affect vision, and spontaneously resolves in 1 – 2 weeks. It should always be documented.

External links:

Emmanuel, D., Wood, D. (2014). Subconjunctival haemorrhage. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Standford School of Medicine, Newborn Nursery Photo Gallery 

First published: 13/06/14

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