Overview of Intracranial Hematomas

Jul 6, 2013 by

Normally, bumps and bruises are no problem, but when bruises form on your brain, the condition becomes much more serious. Bruises on your brain, called intracranial hematoma, are a form of traumatic brain injury that occur from head trauma that causes your brain to collide with your skull, sometimes even occurring from minor bumps to the head. According to the website of the Burch Law Firm, common symptoms of intracranial hematomas include headaches, vomiting, pupil dilation or distortion, fatigue, and seizures, which can all worsen if the hematoma is left untreated.

Much like a bruise on your skin, intracranial hematomas can take a while to become evident as the blood continues to pool under the brain’s surface; sometimes up to a few weeks. In order to prevent a hematoma from worsening until the symptoms are obvious and severe, the Mayo Clinic recommends getting “immediate medical attention after any significant blow to the head in which: you lose consciousness, [or] you experience any of the signs and symptoms that may indicate an intracranial hematoma.”

A CT scan is normally used to create images of your brain and diagnose an intracranial hematoma. If the hematoma is large enough, it will likely need surgery in order to drain the pooled blood. Sometimes an intracranial hematoma can be so severe that your skull will need to be opened to treat it. After such an invasive surgery, anticonvulsant drugs are often prescribed, and you may not ever completely recover.

To help prevent intracranial hematomas and other head injuries, always wear helmets when participating in contact sports or other activities that present significant danger to your head. You should also always wear your seat belt and if you have young children, child-proof your home to the best of your ability, to cover sharp corners and to keep children from getting high enough to fall.

Unfortunately, sometimes these accidents can be caused by a caretaker’s negligence when they are watching your children. You trust your child’s caretaker, so when these occurrences happen justice should be had. If this has happened to you, make sure to contact a Massachusetts Accident Lawyer today.

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