Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery & Endovascular Neurosurgical Radiologists located in Englewood near Denver, Colorado
If you sustain a severe blow to your head, you’re at risk of developing a chronic subdural hematoma. At RIA Neurovascular in Denver, Colorado, the expert neurovascular surgeons diagnose and treat chronic subdural hematoma with state-of-the-art neurovascular care. If you’ve recently hit your head or are otherwise at risk of a chronic subdural hematoma, call RIA Neurovascular to make an appointment today.
Chronic Subdural Hematoma Q & A
What is a chronic subdural hematoma?
A chronic subdural hematoma develops when blood collects on the surface of the brain below the dura — the outer covering of the brain. A chronic subdural hematoma usually develops slowly over several days or weeks as the blood accumulates on your brain.
A chronic subdural hematoma causes symptoms, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Balance and mobility impairment
- Memory problems and confusion
- Vision problems
- Numb face, arms, or legs
In severe cases, a chronic subdural hematoma can also lead to paralysis or a coma. However, in many cases, you may not have any symptoms at all. If you do have symptoms following a head injury, get immediate medical attention.
What causes a chronic subdural hematoma?
One of the most common causes of a chronic subdural hematoma is a traumatic brain injury or blow to the head. Your risk of developing a chronic subdural hematoma increases as you age. Your brain tissue shrinks with age, which stretches and weakens your veins, increasing your vulnerability to a chronic subdural hematoma from even a mild head injury.
Your risk of a chronic subdural hematoma also increases if you abuse alcohol or take blood-thinning medications, like aspirin, for a long time. Additionally, if you play a contact sport like football, you’re more likely to sustain a severe head injury and develop a chronic subdural hematoma.
How is a chronic subdural hematoma diagnosed?
The team at RIA Neurovascular offers comprehensive exams and testing to identify a chronic subdural hematoma. During your exam, they look for symptoms like poor coordination and balance, mental impairment, and problems walking. They also talk to you about your symptoms and any recent head injuries. They order MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays to examine your brain and the inside of your skull for signs of accumulating blood.
How is a chronic subdural hematoma treated?
The team at RIA Neurovascular offers customized treatment to protect your brain from permanent damage and ease your symptoms. Depending on your condition, they may recommend surgery to stop the bleeding and drain the accumulated blood away from your brain. However, in most cases, your doctor can treat a chronic subdural hematoma with medication and rest.
If you’ve had a head injury or are experiencing symptoms of a chronic subdural hematoma, call RIA Neurovascular or make an appointment online today.
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