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Chirurgia 2006 August;19(4):319-23

language: Italian

Post-traumatic subdural hygroma: rare and difficult diagnosed complication

Russo A.

Unità Operativa Pronto Soccorso Chirurgico Ospedale “Leopoldo Parodi Delfino”, A.S.L. ROMA G, Roma


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Subdural hygroma is an unusual complication of traumatic cerebral injuries, with deceiving symptoms. Long lasting clinical latence, aged patients, often having other neurological diseases (degenerating pathologies, ischemic attacks, atherosclerosis), defiling signs due to the presence of the mass, the discontinuing clinical history of the syndrome itself, ranging from remission to clinical ignition, effort diagnostic troubles. The lesion, very often arising from mild concussion, related to the rebleeding of chronic subdural hematoma, which hygroma derives from, has only in surgical drainage its elective treatment. High risk of patients, however, strictly reduces up to 50% the amount of individuals eligible for this kind of therapy.

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