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Chronic subdural haematoma in the elderly
  1. V Adhiyaman1,
  2. M Asghar2,
  3. K N Ganeshram1,
  4. B K Bhowmick1
  1. 1Department of Geriatric Medicine, Glan Clwyd District General Hospital, Rhyl
  2. 2Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr V Adhiyaman, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Glan Clwyd District General Hospital, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 5UJ, UK;
 adhiv{at}btinternet.com

Abstract

Chronic subdural haematoma is predominantly a disease of the elderly. It usually follows a minor trauma. A history of direct trauma to the head is absent in up to half the cases. The common manifestations are altered mental state and focal neurological deficit. Neurological state at the time of diagnosis is the most important prognostic factor. Morbidity and mortality is higher in the elderly but outcome is good in patients who undergo neurosurgical intervention.

  • chronic subdural haematoma
  • elderly
  • CSDH, chronic subdural haematoma
  • MRI, magnetic resonance imaging
  • TND, transient neurological deficits
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