An epidural hemorrhage, also called an extradural hemorrhage, is a type of hemorrhage that happens when blood collects outside the dura mater of the brain or spinal cord. It is most commonly caused by tearing of the middle meningeal artery and can be life-threatening.
Epidural hemorrhage is most commonly caused by head trauma. Rapid bleeding can occur that presses on the brain, causing an increase of the pressure inside the head. The pattern of symptoms of epidural hemorrhage include a loss of consciousness followed by alertness and then another loss of consciousness. Other symptoms include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Enlarged pupil in one eye
Symptoms of an epidural hemorrhage can occur within minutes to hours after a head injury.
At the Traumatic Brain Injury Center, we evaluate, diagnose and treat individuals with epidural hemorrhage.
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