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Extradural haematoma--a preventable cause of death


, : Extradural haematoma--a preventable cause of death. Irish Medical Journal 92(2): 270-271

Traumatic extradural haematoma (EDH) complicates 1-4% of all head injuries and is a major factor contributing to morbidity and mortality. Clinical awareness and early diagnosis are the keys to successful management. With the advent of computerised tomographic (CT) scanning a trend towards 'zero mortality' has been reported. We report four adolescent cases presenting with mild head injury (Glascow Coma Score 13-15) who subsequently died as a result of EDH. We suggest that excessive delay both in recognising the condition and the subsequent referral and transfer are factors contributing to the mortality of these patients.

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