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Why is an epidural hematoma so deadly?

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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Large blood clot

Epidural hematomas are deadly because they can accumulate very rapidly.
These frequently arise from a tear in an artery along the lining of the brain-the dura. As this is arterial, blood comes out very rapidly. It can reach a point where there is significant compression on the underlying brain. This leads to brain dysfunction. This frequently occurs over the temporal region.

In brief: Large blood clot

Epidural hematomas are deadly because they can accumulate very rapidly.
These frequently arise from a tear in an artery along the lining of the brain-the dura. As this is arterial, blood comes out very rapidly. It can reach a point where there is significant compression on the underlying brain. This leads to brain dysfunction. This frequently occurs over the temporal region.
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Dr. Jefferson Chen
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