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Doctor insights on: Is A Subdural Hematoma A Stroke

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My mother had a surgery for acute subdural hematoma. She suffered stroke years ago. How do I care for her now after this surgery?

My mother had a surgery for acute subdural  hematoma. She suffered stroke years ago. How do I care for her now after this surgery?

Additive effects: An acute subdural hematoma is a form of a stroke and for the purpose of recovery you might want to think of it as one. Did the previous stroke and the hematoma now affect different areas of the brain or roughly the same. Depending on that and on which areas were affected (speech/language/motor) the recovery may depend on this and also the severity of the stroke and the hematoma. ...Read more

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Hematoma (Definition)

A scalp hematoma is a condition in which there has been bleeding between the scalp and the skull, and the blood is trapped under the scalp, forming a blood-filled bulge. Scalp hematomas usually resolve without treatment. They are more common in babies who needed vacuum-assisted deliveries, because vacuum on a baby's scalp can cause ...Read more


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What is a subdural hematoma?

What is a subdural hematoma?

Blood inside skull: Subdural hematomas are collections, usually venous blood, from a torn vein between the brain and the fibrous membrane surrounding the brain called the Dura Mater. ...Read more

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What exactly is a subdural hematoma?

What exactly is a subdural hematoma?

Blod clot: Blod clot or collection under the dura on the surface of the brain. ...Read more

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What is a falcine subdural hematoma?

Falx Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage between the two sides of the brain (hemispheres) along the falx. The falx is a membrane that extends down from the skull and helps protect brain. ...Read more

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What are the tests for subdural hematoma?

CT of the head: A ct scan of the head is the preferred study to rule out a subdural hematoma following a head trauma. In the subacute setting, a MRI of the brain can also be helpful. ...Read more

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What exactly is chronic subdural hematoma?

What exactly is chronic subdural hematoma?

Blood around brain: There are three layers of tissue that surround the brain, known collectively as the "meninges." the outermost layer is the dura mater, the middle layer the arachnoid mater, and the layer closest to the brain the pia mater. When veins that go between these layers rupture - often because of trauma - blood can start to pool between the dura mater and arachnoid mater causing a subdural hematoma. ...Read more

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What's the definition of subdural hematoma?

What's the definition of subdural hematoma?

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. ...Read more

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Will subdural hematoma kill me?

Depends: The mechanism of injury, size and location determine any consequences of a subdural hematoma. Neurosurgical consultation is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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Will a subdural hematoma kill me?

It can: If left untreated. Small subdural can be left alone, particularly if they do not cause pressure on the brain or cause symptoms such as a headache. Larger subdurals need to be drained because of pressure on the brain. They should also be monitored to make sure they are not groing. Prevention of the primary cause should be undertaken too. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a subdural hematoma from reoccuring?

Stop hitting head: A subdural hematoma is usually a result of trauma. There is rupture of blood vessels just beneath the dura that causes a blood clot. This can dissolve to a fluid collection with a membrane. Usually this resolves and is of no significance. Rare cases rebleed or even grow, particularly if there is repeated trauma. ...Read more

Subdural Hematoma (Definition)

A subdural hematoma (sdh) occurs between the brain and the lining of the brain- the dura. It can accumulate and cause pressure on the brain. Surgery is frequently done ...Read more