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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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 exactly is subdural hematoma?

What exactly is subdural hematoma?

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

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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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Could you feel the bleed from a chronic subdural hematoma?

Could you feel the bleed from a chronic subdural hematoma?

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

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Can you feel the bleeding from a chronic subdural hematoma?

Can you feel the bleeding from a chronic subdural hematoma?

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

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How long will you have to stay in the hospital with a chronic subdural hematoma?

How long will you have to stay in the hospital with a chronic subdural hematoma?

Depends : Depends on symptoms and age of person. Older with more weakness/confusion. If surgically drained on somebody doing well, they may spend anywhere from 1-7 days in the hospital. If they need more assistance, getting around/safety around house etc. Would take more time. Good question to ask the team helping you. ...Read more

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How long after a head injury does a chronic subdural hematoma typically present in terms of symptoms? Can it present up to 1 year later?

How long after a head injury does a chronic subdural hematoma typically present in terms of symptoms? Can it present up to 1 year later?

Unpredictable: Usually most of the time immediately in couple of hrs some times few few days , epidural takes more time , will have lucid interval , some times dormant for months , the reason head injury needs evaluation by trained physician and CT scans are required most of the time , clear instructions from ER at the time of discharge ...Read more

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After head injury, if CT within 48 hours is normal, is it possible for a chronic subdural hematoma to develop later despite the normal initial CT scan?

After head injury, if CT within 48 hours is normal, is it possible for a chronic subdural hematoma to develop later despite the normal initial CT scan?

Yes but: It is not likely to be subdural hematoma but the more worrisome would be epidural and if symptoms persist you should see your doctor. Concussion can present very similarly and MRI is best for evaluating these symptoms. However, don't det ...Read more

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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