A subdural haematoma can develop after a bump to the head for example as a result of a fall, a violent assault, car accident or occasionally after a minor bump to the head.
A subdural haematoma is a serious condition whereby blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain known as the subdural space. Pressure builds up in the subdural space as the blood forms into a clot (haematoma) and can cause brain damage.
There are two different kinds of subdural haematoma an acute haematoma and a subacute or chronic subdural haematoma. An acute haematoma develops soon after a severe head injury and a chronic haematoma can take a few days or weeks to develop and are more common with minor head injuries. The symptoms of a subdural haematoma can include:
You should always attend your nearest Accident and Emergency Department following a head injury as precaution. If the symptoms develop a few days or weeks after a bump to the head you should still go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department to get yourself checked out.
When you arrive at hospital the doctor will be asked questions with regard to your medical history and any physical injuries such as cuts and swelling as well as checking your pupils for any signs of brain injury will be examined. You will also be assessed on your verbal, motor and eye response in accordance with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). You will be given a score between 3 and 15, 3 being the worst and 15 being the best. A CT Scan may be carried out to show whether any blood has collected and in some cases an MRI Scan will be carried out to help diagnose a haematoma.
If you are diagnosed with a subdural haematoma you may require surgery in order to relieve the pressure on the brain.
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