Subdural haematoma

SDH, subdural haemorrhage

What is a subdural haematoma?

A subdural haematoma is a condition where blood collects between the surface of the brain and the skull.

What causes a subdural haematoma?

Usually the cause is a serious head injury, such as a car crash or a violent assault. In some cases the cause can be a minor bump and you may not even remember hitting your head.

As the blood begins to build up in the subdural space, it can place pressure on the brain and can cause brain damage.

What are the symptoms of a subdural haematoma?

Symptoms of a subdural haematoma can include:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Feeling drowsy and finding it difficult to keep your eyes open
  • Problems with vision, such as double vision
  • A headache that keeps getting worse
  • Slurred speech
  • Paralysis on one side of your body
  • Seizures
  • Problems moving, constantly falling
  • Losing consciousness.

These symptoms are similar to other conditions, such as strokes or dementia, so it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible.

Are you affected by subdural haematoma?

If you’re affected by subdural 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 subdural haematoma, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with subdural 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 subdural haematoma

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with a subdural 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 subdural 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 subdural haematoma and related conditions.

Support groups

Liverpool Brain Haemorrhage Support Group

The <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Liverpool Brain Haemorrhage Support Group</a> meets at The Brain Charity’s coffee morning on the first and third Monday of the month. Please <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>contact us</a> if you want to join in or <a href=””>click here for more details</a>.

Other charities

Brain and Spine Foundation

BASIC Brain and Spinal Injury Centre