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Title: Subdural haematoma presenting with transient neurological deficits.
Austin Authors: Cher, Lawrence M ;White, O B
Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Vic.
Issue Date: 4-May-1992
Publication information: Medical Journal of Australia; 156(9): 654-5
Abstract: To stress that transient neurological deficits do not always imply transient cerebral ischaemia, and may be produced by subdural haematoma.An 80-year-old man was seen for intermittent gait disturbance, with normal findings on initial examination. He was then admitted after the onset of a fixed neurological deficit which worsened. Subdural haematoma was diagnosed by computed tomography (CT). An 80-year-old woman was seen after she had experienced left hemisphere transient neurological deficits. A CT scan showed a left-sided subdural haematoma.Both patients underwent successful surgery with complete resolution of their symptoms and signs.Subdural haematoma is relatively common and must be considered in those with unexplained transient neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging or CT are the diagnostic procedures of choice. Antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy must not be instituted until subdural haematoma is excluded.
Gov't Doc #: 1625622
Journal: Medical Journal of Australia
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Diagnosis, Differential
Nervous System Diseases.etiology
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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