Subdural hematoma develops when blood vessels that are located
between the membranes covering the brain (the meninges) leak blood
after an injury to the head. This is a serious condition since the
increase in intracranial pressure can cause damage to brain tissue
and loss of brain function.
Review Date: 12/21/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of
General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
School of Medicine; Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of
Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology,
Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD,
MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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