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Chronic subdural hematoma

  • Alternative Names

    Subdural hemorrhage - chronic; Subdural hematoma - chronic; Subdural hygroma


    Symptoms

    In some cases, there may be no symptoms However, depending on the size of the hematoma and where it presses on the brain, any of the following symptoms may occur:

    • Confusion or coma
    • Decreased memory
    • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
    • Difficulty walking
    • Headache
    • Seizures
    • Weakness or numbness of arms, legs, face

    Signs and tests

    Your health care provider will ask questions about your medical history. The physical exam will carefully check your brain and nervous system to check for problems with:

    • Balance
    • Coordination
    • Mental functions
    • Sensation
    • Strength
    • Walking

    Because the symptoms and signs are often subtle, if there is any suspicion of a hematoma, a head CT or head MRI scan will be done to further evaluate your symptoms.