Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hematoma Subdural Underlying Cause

A subdural hematoma occurs when there is a tear in the blood vessels that lie between the brain, and the lining around the brain. The collection of blood places pressure against the brain, which causes the brain to malfunction.

Head injuries are the most common cause of subdural hematoma. The elderly are at increased risk for subdural hematoma due to falls.

Rare causes of subdural hematoma include:

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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