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What is the treatment for subdural hematoma?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Depends on size: It really depends on the size of the bleed, how long it has been there, and whether the bleeding is causing pressure effects. Small bleeds with no pressure effects are managed with rest and avoidance of a second impact. Larger bleeds may require decompression via a burr hole or craniotomy with evacuation of the bleed. Blood thinner medications may be discontinued to prevent ongoing bleeding.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Subdural hematoma: If small and not causing a shift of brain structures in the skull, observation may be all that is necessary. If there is indication that the subdural hematoma is growing or causing symptoms due to increased pressure in the head, surgical drainage is the treatment.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
SDH: A subdural hematoma typically occurs from bridging cortical veins being torn causing blood to accumulate on the surface of the brain under the dural covering of the brain. Trauma is the most common cause. In the elderly, even relatively minor head trauma can cause a sdh. Surgery is often used to evacuate the hematoma.

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What's a subdural hematoma?

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Dr. Kelly Kiehm
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Blood clot: A subdural hematoma is a blood clot that has formed on top of the brain and underneath the covering of the brain. It is usually due to a traumatic event or if the patient's blood is being thinned. It can be nonsurgical or surgical depending on how large it is and what the patient's neurological status is.

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