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Subdural vs epidural hematoma, what are the differences?

Subdural vs epidural hematoma, what are the differences?

Anatomy: The dura is a tough sheet of tissue that covers your entire brain and spinal cord. If the blood accumlates underneath the dura, it is subdural bleeding. Outside of the dura, epidural bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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What is more severe, subdural or epidural hematoma?

What is more severe, subdural or epidural hematoma?

Depends: If you are referring to outcomes, subdural hematomas generally have a worse outcome. This may because these tend to be in older patients and are associated with a rotational component. The blood is also pushing directly on the brain. If you are referring to rapidity of deterioration although both can have a rapid decline, classically, the epidural is more rapid because it is an artery bleeding. ...Read more

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Could you give yourself a epidural hematoma or subdural hematoma?

Self inflicted : Yes if bang your head with force against wall or other hard object. Driving when you should not and getting into accident causing head injury and severe sports head injury. ...Read more

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Can you fall and get yourself a epidural hematoma or subdural hematoma?

Can you fall and get yourself a epidural hematoma or subdural hematoma?

Yes: Acceleration/deceleration injuries (like falling or a car accident) are typically associated with subdural hematomas. On impact, the brain shifts within the skull causing bridging veins to rupture leading to a slow accumulation of blood within the meningeal layers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to I've yourself an epidural hematoma or subdural hematoma?

Yes: If you hit your head forcefully from a fall or a collision with something you can have a skull fracture that leads to the epidural or you can tear a bridging vein that leads to the subdural. ...Read more

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Is an epidural hematoma possible?

Yes: Epidural hematomas can occur after significant head trauma, particularly skull fractures. A ct scan can be used for diagnosis. Typically, a neurosurgeon will be asked to manage this problem. ...Read more

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Why is an epidural hematoma so deadly?

Why is an epidural hematoma so deadly?

Risk of Herniation: Epidural hematoma entails blood building up outside of the brain. Because brain is confined within rigid skull, accumulation of blood will gradually cause an increase in pressure within the skull cavity & compress brain tissue; it can even cause the brain to herniate out through the skull where the spinal cord originates, leading to a coma and/or irreversible brain damage. ...Read more

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Can epidural hematoma lead to cerebral problem?

Possible: An epidural hematoma is a brain bleed occurring outside of the brain but within the skull. This accumulation of blood can cause an increase in pressure within the skull leading to brain distention/herniation. This, in turn, can lead to irreversible damage to the cerebral cortex and or the brain stem if left untreated. ...Read more

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Do people with epidural hematoma have a lot of pain?

Do people with epidural hematoma have a lot of pain?

Likely: If the hematoma affects the nerves, as is likely, the person will have pain. ...Read more

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What cpt code do I use for evacuation of epidural hematoma?

61312: This is the code for evacuation of a hematoma above the tentorium, on the surface of the brain. 61314 would be under the tentorium. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Epidural Hematoma (Definition)

The brain is covered by meninges. With trauma, bleeding could occur underneath the coverings, such as a "subdural hematoma". With epidural, we have bleeding above the dura covering. May occur due to skull fracture over the temple which lacerates ...Read more