An epidural haematoma is a collection of blood between the skull and the outer protective layer of the brain called the dura mater. In around 85-90% of cases this is associated with a skull fracture. Trauma is the cause of epidural haematomas such as motor vehicle accidents, collisions and sporting incidents. The blood vessels in the inner lining of the skull is the source of the bleeding following skull fracture. MRI and CT scan are used to confirm this condition.
Symptoms of Epidural Hematoma
Epidural haematoma places pressure on the brain, a person may loose consciousness but this isn’t always the case. Other common symptoms include headache, vomiting and seizure. Since the mechanism is trauma this is usually pick up on rather quickly.
Treatment of Epidural Haematoma
Epidural haematoma is an emergency condition. Treatments are done in the emergency department of a hospital and specialist surgeons may perform a craniotomy to remove the haematoma. At Sydney Spine & Sport Centre (S3C) this is an unlikely presentation to one of our Balmain or Dee Why chiropractors or physiotherapist however should someone present with such a condition prompt emergency transport would be ordered.
Read more about head and jaw conditions:
- Subdural haematoma
- Cervical myelopathy
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
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