An epidural hematoma happens when blood collects between the skull and the membrane covering the brain. This can happen as a result of a skull fracture that tears an underlying blood vessel.
Symptoms of epidural hematoma is a loss of consciousness followed by a period of awareness that begins to deteriorate. Sometimes, it can lead to coma. If untreated, it can cause increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties, brain damage and, in rare cases, death.
Computed tomography (CT) brain scans can help diagnose an epidural hematoma. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the hematoma. In some cases, surgery is required to stop the bleeding or to remove a blood clot.
At the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, we evaluate, diagnose and treat individuals with epidural hematoma.
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