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Hematomas – A dangerous brain injury from car accidents

Frequently asked questions on hematoma, and advice on what symptoms to look for

A hematoma occurs when blood collects on the surface of the brain, and often as the result of a car accident. Below are some FAQs on hematomas, to help educate and protect accident victims and their family members.

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What is a hematoma?

Closed head injuries called hematomas are common among auto accident victims. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a hematoma, also known as a subdural hematoma, is a collection of blood on the surface of the brain, which occurs when tiny veins between the surface of the brain and its outer covering (the dura) stretch and tear.

What causes a hematoma?

Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of closed head injuries, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How can a hematoma result from a car or truck accident? In a car crash, a bump, blow or jolt to the head can cause the brain to move quickly back and forth. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can bang against the inside of the skull, and that can cause damage.

What are the symptoms of hematomas?

Signs and symptoms of an intracranial hematoma may occur from immediately to several weeks or longer after a blow to the head. It’s even possible to seem perfectly fine after a head injury, such as victims of “talk and die syndrome.” As time progresses, pressure on the brain increases, producing some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Worsening headache
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness and loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Pupils of unequal size
  • One-sided weakness in limbs
  • Increased blood pressure

As more blood fills the brain (or the narrow space between the brain and skull), other signs may occur, including lethargy, seizures and unconsciousness, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What effects can a hematoma have?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has said that subdural hematomas caused by a serious head injury are among the deadliest of all head injuries, because the bleeding fills the brain area very rapidly, compressing brain tissue.

That condition could result in a “brain herniation,” which, because of pressure on the brain, could impair the brain’s ability to control breathing and blood flow, or could cause coma, brain death or death.

What if one of my loved ones has a hematoma?

An intracranial hematoma can be life-threatening. Emergency medical treatment often is necessary. Seek immediate medical attention after any significant blow to the head. And keep in mind, symptoms of intracranial hematoma may not be immediately apparent. It’s important that you watch closely for subsequent physical, mental and emotional changes.

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