A leptomeningeal cyst is a rare, but known, complication associated with a skull fracture
during childbirth. If a baby's skull is fractured in a linear fashion with separation of the edges of the fracture and laceration of the dura, entrapment of the arachnoid membranes (between the edges of the skull fracture
) can occur and a cyst forms. When this happens, the natural pulsation of the brain (i.e., blood flow) in these membranes can cause erosion of the bony skull.
This condition, which is commonly misdiagnosed as a cephalohematoma
, is readily identifiable by x-ray and can be repaired with surgery. If a doctor or hospital fails to identify the condition, and it goes untreated, a baby may suffer from seizures, mental retardation and hydrocephalus.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases involving skull fractures. If your baby sustained a skull fracture during birth, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now
at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.