The expectant treatment of “asymptomatic” supratentorial epidural hematomas

Tzu Yung Chen, Cheuk Wah Wong, Chen Nen Chang, Tai Ngar Lui, Wan Chun Cheng, Ming Dar Tsai, Tzu Kang Lin

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SEVENTY-FOUR PATIENTS WITH a traumatic epidural hematoma (EDH) and a Glasgow Coma Scale score of more than 12 received expectant treatment; 14 subsequently underwent surgical evacuation of the EDH. A patient with initial brain computed tomograms (CT) showing an EDH volume of more than 30 ml, a thickness of more than 15 mm, and a midline shift beyond 5 mm tended to require surgery within 3 days of the injury when the brain had exhausted its compensatory mechanism and yielded to the expanding EDH. After the 3-day period, in the absence of neurological symptoms, the presence of the EDH may not be an indication for surgical evacuation or hospitalization beyond 7 days. In our patients, the presence of a skull fracture in the temporal bone, the heterogeneous density of the EDH in the CT scan, or the 6-hour period between the CT study and the injury did not significantly increase the failure rate of nonsurgical treatment. Although a zero mortality was achieved in this series, these guidelines may not be applicable to the management of an infratentorial EDH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-179
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomograms
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Expectant treatment
  • Head injury
  • Hospitalization
  • Supratentorial epidural hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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