Epidural haematoma

Epidural haemorrhage, epidural hematoma, extradural hematoma, epidural haematoma, epidural bleeding, EDH

What is an epidural haematoma?

An epidural haematoma is a bleed between the inside of the skull and the dura mater; this is the outer protective covering of the brain.

What causes an epidural haematoma?

The cause of an epidural haematoma is from a skull fracture in around 75% of cases, but can also occur from bleeding in a vein.

Head injuries from contact sports such as rugby; car accidents; violent attacks or falls from heights, can cause the brain to knock against the skull.

This can cause the brain’s blood vessels to rupture and/or the middle meningeal artery to tear, resulting in an epidural haematoma.

It can be a life-threatening condition and requires immediate treatment for a good outcome.

What are the symptoms of epidural haematoma?

The symptoms of epidural haematoma include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Drowsiness and/or altered state of alertness
  • Enlarged pupil in one eye
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Are you affected by an epidural haematoma?

If you’re affected by epidural haematoma, The Brain Charity can support you. We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with epidural haematoma, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with epidural haematoma from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone affected by epidural haematoma

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with epidural haematoma? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including epidural haematoma, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity’s free public library has a range of resources on epidural haematoma and on many other disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read:

Or search the catalogue online here.

Support groups

Liverpool Brain Haemorrhage Support Group

The Liverpool Brain Haemorrhage Support Group meets at The Brain Charity’s coffee morning on the first and third Monday of the month. Please contact us if you want to join in or click here for more details.

Other charities

Headway the Brain Injury Association

Brain and Spine Foundation

BASIC Brain and Spinal Injury Centre