epidural haematoma


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epidural haematoma

A medical emergency found in 5 to 15% of fatal head injuries, in which blood accumulates in the epidural space due to blood leaking from a torn or disrupted middle meningeal artery, resulting in compression of the brain/dura mater. It is usually caused by a focal impact—either a fall or a blow to the head. Without urgent evacuation of the haematoma, tentorial herniation ensues, often followed by death.
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Police said the man suffered a fractured skull, epidural haematoma, and ear injury.
Treatment of unilateral facet joint injuries depends on the degree of bony, ligamentous and cord involvement as well as spinal stability and may be non-operative for simple stable unilateral facet dislocation, as in our patient, (immobilization or closed reduction) or surgical (failed conservative measures, persistent instability, signs of middle column disruption at the outset, cord injury or epidural haematoma requiring surgical decompression).
Causes of spinal cord compression Degenerative Cervical/thoracic stenosis Acute disc prolapse Trauma Fractures Fracture-dislocations Infectious Spinal epidural abscess/empyema Vascular Spinal epidural haematoma Neoplastic Extradural: vertebral tumours (primary or metastases) Intradural: extramedullary (e.
Brain computed tomography scan showed an epidural haematoma, multiple haemorrhagic contusions on the right lobe with localised oedema and subarachnoid haemorrhage.
A postmortem said she died from epidural haematoma - an accumulation of blood between brain and skull - after she fell at the Mont Tremblant ski resort.
An autopsy carried out yesterday revealed Natasha died from an epidural haematoma - bleeding between the brain and skull.
He said: "Cause of death was epidural haematoma down to a blunt impact to the head.
As with other antithrombotics, labeling for ARIXTRA(R) includes a Boxed Warning regarding possible spinal or epidural haematoma when epidural/spinal anaesthesia or spinal puncture is used.
A postmortem proved she died from an epidural haematoma - an accumulation of blood between the brain and skull - after "blunt impact" as she fell at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Canada on Monday.