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I had burr-hole surgery for a subdural hematoma in 2004. I've had a good recovery except for persistent upper-body weakness. Is this outcome normal?

I had burr-hole surgery for a subdural hematoma in 2004. I've had a good recovery except for persistent upper-body weakness. Is this outcome normal?

Possibly: Motor acquired as a result of your subdue all hematoma was probably related to the trauma causing the hemorrhage or to increased intracranial pressure. It is not uncommon for motor weakness acquired at the time of your trauma and surgery to be permanent. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Which type of surgery does a subdural hematoma require?

Which type of surgery does a subdural hematoma require?

Drainage: If a subdural is causing increased intracranial pressure and threatening herniation of brain structures, the surgical procedure is to drill a burr hole through the skull and drain the subdural blood. ...Read more

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What happen if someone delayed his subdural hematoma surgery?

What happen if someone delayed his subdural hematoma surgery?

Serious consequence.: Depending on the size this could have very serious consequences including permanent brin damage and death. You need to listen to the advice of the neurologist and neuro surgeon. They spent most of their young lives learning how to treat these life threatening conditions. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with subdural hematoma, and needs surgery immediately.But could this surgery has any side effects later on or could it threaten my life?

I'm diagnosed with subdural hematoma, and needs surgery immediately.But could this surgery has any side effects later on or could it threaten my life?

This surgery is safe: Subdural hematoma may be minor, requiring no treatment, or large and life-threatening. Generally surgery is recommended if the hematoma is causing symptoms or is large on ct or mri. The primary risks of surgery are infection and rebleeding, possibly requiring reoperation. The risk of brain injury or long-term side effects is low. ...Read more

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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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Brain herniation survival. My mom (81) fell last week, on Plavix (clopidogrel) she had a lg subdural hematoma w/herniation, 3 MDs said no surgery/hope. Was there?

Brain herniation survival. My mom (81) fell last week, on Plavix (clopidogrel) she had a lg subdural hematoma w/herniation, 3 MDs said no surgery/hope.  Was there?

The goal is...: The goal is to live a good life. If an elderly person has lived a good life and her time has come, then "hoping for survival" should not be the consideration. We are not here on Earth to survive the longest possible number of days, but instead, just to live a good life no matter how long or short. If more than one doctor says a patient with brain herniation is at her time, the doctors are correct. ...Read more

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My nan 89 just had bore hole surgery and drainage for chronic subdural hematoma , she fell today banged her corner of eyebrow in hospital , outcome?

My nan 89 just had bore hole surgery and drainage for chronic subdural hematoma , she fell today banged her corner of eyebrow in hospital , outcome?

Depends on extent : If she fell, the staff must be notified if she's not already on fall precautions, esp. W/history of dementia.If they drilled a hole, she must be on a ns floor.Banging the corner of the eyebrow can be serious ; needs to be examined by the neurosurgeon, neurologist, and/or ophthalmology service(s) to consult on whether further imaging is needed.Talk to her doctors for further details ; recommendatns. ...Read more

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Is it common to continue to have headaches 5 months after a subdural hematoma surgery? We had rebleed but recent cat scan showed all is fine.

Is it common to continue to have headaches 5 months after a subdural hematoma surgery? We had rebleed but recent cat scan showed all is fine.

Different types: Subdue all hemorrhage usually results from trauma. After head and brain trauma several different types of headaches may occur, including trauma triggered migraine, occipital neuralgia related pain incision site pain, etc. ask your surgeon to refere you to a headache specialist. ...Read more

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Gran 89 had bore hole surgery for subdural hematoma , she has low sodium level in blood why is this please , also getting drain out tommorow thanks?

Gran 89 had bore hole surgery for subdural hematoma , she has low sodium level in blood why is this please , also getting drain out tommorow thanks?

This can happen: Low sodium can develop after any type of brain surgery. Make sure it is checked daily to make sure it does not go down below 120..Need to go to hospital and get treated. ...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