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Subdural Hematoma Surgery Recovery
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?
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
Unless: You are on a blood thinner, chances are low. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
My husband has had 9 CT scans following subdural hematoma surgery should we worry about radiation side effects!
Good question: The radiation of ct could be concerning, but mostly in the long run. Should be ok. (why so many?). ...Read more
Subdural hematoma in brain occurence chances after a 2 year old burr hole surgery due to drinking alcohol getting wierd symptoms since last month.
Be Evaluated: Impossible to determine without further study. But if any new problems with balance, coordination, or thought process, please be evaluated immediately. ...Read more
Post chemo & radiation had head injury Unconscious since 2 days 3mm midline shift & chronic subdural hematoma Is surgery required? Very weak now
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
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
Neurosurgeon: You should visit with a neurosurgeon. Treatment depends on the amount of blood, your symptoms, and length of time you have had the finding. ...Read more
Feel bleed: 0nly way to feel bleed is through symptoms it causes. A chronic subdural is not acute and rarely if ever causes new s or old symptoms to recur. I use rarely s very very remote possibility. Keep in check with surgeon until discharged. ...Read more
Not always: Close to 90% of pts with sdh's experience headaches, but in some cases, these are very nonspecific, and in older pts, may not occur at all. May be tough to diagnose early on, and may even seem like a stroke, but then sudden catastrophic herniation seemingly out of blue. So, if head injury, headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and especially focal weakness, numbness, get examined. ...Read more
Subdural hematoma: I assume you have the bur hole as the subdural hematoma was treated? If your follow up CT scan was negative for hematoma then you are cleared. If there is still a hematoma causing pressure on the brain then you need to speak to the neurosurgeon that did the procedure about further treatment. ...Read more
Different: A hematoma is like a bruise or collection of blood from a trauma. In parietal hematoma this is in the parietal lobe of the brain, so it is in the brain tissue itself. A subdural hematoma is just under the dura mater one of the coverings of the brain so it is up close to the skull. ...Read more
Hematoma- blood coll: Hematoma is collection of blood somewhere in the body...anywhere in the body....it's called a hematoma. Parietal tells us the location (Parietal lobe of the brain) usually due to high blood pressure while Subdural hematoma means collection of blood below the level of the DURAL cover of the covering of the brain called the meninges...often times traumatic cause but also often can be spontaneous. ...Read more
Ex growing head: After head injury, a subdural hematoma in a 2 year old may cause an excessively rapid head circumference growth, irritability, poor feeding and developmental delay. Address this with your pediatrician who has been keeping track of your child's head circuference measurements and development ...Read more
If you go to the emergency room with 6cm subdural hematoma, is this something that could have start forming a day or two prior to the trip to emergenc
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. ...Read more
Intracranial blood: A subdural hematoma is a blood clot that forms between the brain and the fibrous membrane covering the brain (subdural space). It is usually a result of trauma with the stretching and tearing of a vein in the subdural space as the brain deforms during an acceleration, deceleration situation.. ...Read more