Head Injury, Extradural Hemorrhage & Hematoma
Bleeding (hemorrhage) between the skull and the outermost of 3 membranes (meninges) that cover the brain, resulting in a pooling of blood (hematoma) that causes pressure on the brain.
BODY PARTS INVOLVE
Head injury with skull fracture that tears the middle meningeal artery.
Signs & Symptoms
The following symptoms usually develop within 1 to 96 hours after a head injury:
Follow your doctor's instructions. Instructions are supplemental.
Surgery is the only treatment for an extradural hemorrhage and hematoma. Under local or light general anesthesia, small holes are bored through the skull. The blood clot (which looks like currant jelly) is removed manually or by suction. After surgery, symptoms usually improve rapidly.
Your doctor may prescribe:
During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.
Wear a protective helmet for any activity at risk for a head injury.
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