Epidural Hematoma

Epidural hematoma should be suspected in any individual who sustains head trauma.  Although classically associated with a lucid interval between the initial loss of consciousness at the time of impact and a delayed decline in mental status (10-33% of cases), alterations in the level of consciousness may have a variable presentation.  Posterior fossa epidural hematoma may exhibit a rapid and delayed progression from minimal symptoms to even death within minutes. (adapted from emedicine)

medical illustration Atlas and epitome of traumatic fractures and dislocations, Heinrich Helferich, Joseph Colt Bloodgood (1902), p. 97

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