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Subdural hematomas can be deadly after an accident

People who are in an automobile accident sometimes suffer from a brain injury. One of the possible brain injuries that can occur is a subdural hematoma. This condition is one of the most deadly of all head injuries when it occurs because of a serious head injury.

There are two types of subdural hematomas -- chronic and acute. A chronic subdural hematoma occurs because of a minor head injury. These can go without being noticed for days to weeks.

A chronic subdural hematoma is one that occurs because of a serious head injury. Pressure on the brain usually occurs fast with these, which can lead to death.

All subdural hematomas are collections of blood that occur between the dura, which is the covering of the brain, and the surface of the brain. In chronic subdural hematomas, the brain bleed is usually slow, which gives the dura time to stretch or tear.

In the case of acute subdural hematomas, the bleeding occurs too rapidly for the dura to stretch or tear. The accumulation of the blood compresses the brain. That compression can quickly become fatal.

The signs of a subdural hematoma include lethargy, confusion, altered speech, vomiting, nausea, headache, difficulty walking, visual changes, weakness, seizures and trouble balancing. Anyone with these symptoms should seek medical care, especially if he or she suffered a head injury recently.

The treatment for a subdural hematoma is dependent upon the cause and severity of the subdural hematoma. Diuretics, corticosteroids, other medications and surgery are all possible treatments. The prognosis for patients with a subdural hematoma is dependent upon a variety of factors, so each case is considered individually.

All brain injuries can require costly treatments. Victims of accidents who suffer any head injury might opt to seek compensation for that injury.

Source: MedLine Plus, "Subdural Hematoma," accessed Aug. 03, 2015

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