Subdural Hematoma

Subdural Hematoma & Traumatic Brain Injury

General Overview & Treatment

Subdural hematoma is a type of traumatic brain injury that causes blood vessels within the skull to burst and leak blood. As this blood pools between the covering and surface of the brain, it can spread rapidly and exert dangerous pressure on the brain. This condition requires emergency treatment to stop the bleeding and relieve pressure, since it may lead to unconsciousness and even death.

Treatment of Subdural Hematoma

A CT scan or MRI provides physicians with an image of the brain, skull, blood vessels and blood pooling. A blood test and examination can also offer evidence of internal bleeding.

Acute subdural hematoma is a medical emergency requiring emergency surgery to relieve brain pressure. A neurosurgeon performs a craniotomy to remove part of the skull and access the hematoma. Then, suction and irrigation are used to drain the blood pooling and reduce intracranial pressure.

For chronic subdural hematomas and very small, acute subdural hematomas, surgeons may drill small holes in the skull to drain the blood. The physician may also prescribe diuretics, anti-seizure drugs and corticosteroids. After surgery, physical therapy is sometimes needed to restore functioning to the pre-injury level.

Leading-Edge Hematoma Expertise From Princeton Brain & Spine

Trained and experienced in the most advanced neurosurgery techniques, the doctors at PBS work with hospitals throughout PA and NJ to treat chronic and emergency medical conditions due to falls, accidents and trauma. Our care does not stop at the operating table, though. In our seven area offices, we practice compassionate, one-on-one medicine that leads the industry and restores quality of life to patients of all ages. Experience our unique level of care by calling 215.741.3141 in PA, 609.921.9001 in NJ or contacting PBS online to schedule an appointment.

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