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is a blood clot that occurs on the brain. The tiny veins between the surface of the brain and its outer covering become stretched and torn after an injury allowing for blood to bleed and collect. Often times these develop as a result of a serious head injury. This is often referred to as an "acute" subdural hematoma. An acute subdural can be very serious and can cause severe damage if the bleeding fills the brain area very rapidly compressing the brain tissue. When this occurs emergent treatment is necessary to remove the blood clot and alleviate the compression on the delicate brain tissue.
A subdural hematoma can also develop with a mild brain injury, especially in the elderly. These can go unnoticed for days to weeks and are often called "chronic" subdural hematoma. In the elderly, the tiny veins become stretched and are more easily injured. Some subdural hematomas can occur without any cause. This too is more common in the elderly.
The best approach to treatment depends on the location and the amount of compression the blood clot is creating on the delicate tissues.
At Parker Adventist Hospital, we have skilled neurosurgeons with expertise to choose the right surgery based on an individual's needs. We have a specialized intensive care unit where the nursing staff is trained and skilled in giving the best care to the neuroscience patient.
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