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:
- 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
- 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.