The struggle when trying to figure out whether your patient is suffering from a subdural or an epidural hematoma. For me, to this day, I still get confused.
Let's break each one down, and try to learn something.
-Caused by a head injury
-Blood fills the skull, at a very rapid rate
-Signs/symptoms will be rapid
>Confused speech, difficulty walking, lethargy, LOC, N&V, Numbness, Seizure
-Caused by a skull fracture
-Occurs when there is a rupture of a blood vessel (artery), which bleed into the space between the dura mater and the skull
-Onset of signs/symptoms can be within hours or longer
>Confusion, ALOC, Enlarged pupil on one side, H/A, Weakness, N&V
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