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Subdural hematoma in adults: Prognosis and management

William McBride, MD
Section Editor
Jose Biller, MD, FACP, FAAN, FAHA
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Janet L Wilterdink, MD


Subdural hematoma (SDH) and epidural hematoma are characterized by bleeding into the spaces surrounding the brain.

Subdural hematomas form between the dura and the arachnoid membranes

Epidural hematomas arise in the potential space between the dura and the skull

The prognosis and management of SDH will be discussed here. Other aspects of SDH are reviewed separately. (See "Subdural hematoma in adults: Etiology, clinical features, and diagnosis".)

Epidural hematoma is discussed elsewhere. (See "Intracranial epidural hematoma in adults".)


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