Chronic Subdural Hematoma in Elderly Patients after Trivial Head Injury
Background: Chronic subdural hematoma is a benign disease but its behavior is more than a malignant space occupying lesion intra-cranially and it kills patient, if diagnosis delayed. Chronic subdural hematoma is frequently associated with underlying co-morbidities like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, ischemic heart diseases and atrial fibrillation in elderly patient. Early recognition of chronic subdural hematoma is important for early management.
Objective: To identify the factors for causing chronic sub-dural haematoma following minor head injury.
Materials and Methods: This observational descriptive study was conducted in the Department of Neurosurgery “A” Unit, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar from 1st January 2016 to 31st July 2018. All patients with history of minor head injury resulting in unilateral or bilateral chronic subdural hematoma diagnosed clinically and radiologically by CT scan/MRI brain, Age greater than 60 years & operated for chronic subdural hematoma were included in this study. Exclusion criteria was all chronic subdural hematoma patients with age less than 60 years and previous operated. Medical records of patients were revised and searched for associated risk factors. A proforma was designed for collection of data. The data was analyzed through SPSS Version17.
Results: Total number of patients were (46) with male to female ratio (3:1). Clinical presentations were decreased level of consciousness in 11 patients (23.9%), Headache in 10 patients (21.7%), Memory loss in 5 (10.8%), Personality changes in 10 patients (21.7%), Motor deficits in 5 patients (10.8%), Aphasia in 5 patients (10.8). The risk factors found were Diabetes Mellitus 8 cases (17%), Hypertension 16 cases (35%), Rheumatic heart disease 1 case (3%), Ischemic heart disease 15 cases (32%) and atrial fibrillation 6 cases (13%).
Conclusion: The common risk factors for chronic subdural hematoma was ischemic heart disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and atrial fibrillation. Early management results in favorable prognosis in terms of morbidity and mortality.
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