Single Burr Hole Evacuation of Extradural Hematoma in Pediatric Population: An Experience from the Biggest Children Hospital of Pakistan

  • Mian Awais The Children’s Hospital & The Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Akhtar Muner The Children’s Hospital & The Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Lubna Ijaz The Children’s Hospital & The Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Laeeq-ur- Rehman The Children’s Hospital & The Institute of Child Health, Lahore
  • Ubaid-ur- Rahman
  • Rimla Ayesha Mujahid Hospital, Faisalabad – Pakistan
Keywords: Extradural Hematoma, Burr Hole, Computed Tomography


Objective:  To observe the outcome of single burr hole evacuation of EDH in a pediatric population.

Material and Methods:  We included 52 children who had had a head injury and were diagnosed with EDH on a CT scan. Over three months, they were all admitted to the pediatric neurosurgery ward. Serial CT scans and neurological evaluations were performed on all of the youngsters regularly to monitor their progress.

Results:  52 pediatric and adolescent patients were included. The age range was 6 months to 18 years. There were 30 male and 22 female patients. All of the children have EDH as a result of head injuries sustained in various accidents. All of the youngsters underwent surgery to remove EDH through a single burr hole. On the second postoperative day, five infants underwent reoperation owing to neurological deterioration, and two children died. The result was good (mRS 0) in 44/52 (84.6%) instances, mild deficits (mRS 1–2) in 4/52 (7.6%), and severe impairments (mRS 3–5) in 2/52 (3.84%) cases six months after the event.

Conclusion: Although, EDH is a life-threatening surgical disease if not treated promptly, EDH evacuation by a single burr hole has a satisfactory prognosis in the juvenile population, with fewer complications and recurrences.


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