Kenyan artiste Nameless has revealed that his dad has been ailing from a condition known as Subdural Hematoma in medical terms.
A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood outside the brain. It occurs when there is a head injury.
The bleeding is under the skull and outside the brain, not in the brain itself. As blood pools, however, it puts more pressure on the brain.
In the case of Nameless dad, the condition had led to clots in the head which in turn were causing minor strokes.
Below are things to learn about the condition.
There are different symptoms to Subdural hematoma and some include
- Change in behavior
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lethargy or excessive drowsiness
The symptoms in subdural hematoma patients are not standard, it varies from one patient to another.
The conditions that influence the symptoms one has when battling subdural hematoma include
- The size of the hematoma
- Age of the patient
- Other underlying medical conditions
Hematoma is majorly caused by a head injury, such as from a fall, motor vehicle collision, or an assault.
The sudden blow to the head tears blood vessels that run along the surface of the brain.
A subdural hematoma can be diagnosed using imaging tests, such as a CT or MRI scan.
Your doctor may also give you a physical examination to check your heart rate and blood pressure for evidence of internal bleeding.
An acute subdural hematoma can only be treated in an operating room.
A surgical procedure called a craniotomy may be used to remove a large subdural hematoma.
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It’s normally used to treat acute subdural hematomas. In this procedure, your surgeon removes a part of your skull in order to access the clot or hematoma.
They then use suction and irrigation to remove it.
Results of hematoma may include
- brain herniation, which puts pressure on your brain and can cause a coma or death
- permanent muscle weakness or numbness.