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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 33:679-686 doi:10.1136/jnnp.33.5.679
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Abnormal brain scan with subacute extradural haematomas

  1. J. Barrie Morley,
  2. Keith H. Langford
  1. Department of Neurology, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  2. Department of Neurosurgery, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  3. The Radio-Isotopes Department, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

      Abstract

      Four patients are described with proven subacute extradural haematomas, each with an abnormal cerebral scan of diagnostic assistance. A possible mechanism of production of the subacute extradural haematoma is discussed, and appears to be similar to the mechanism involved in the subacute subdural haematoma. The means by which the abnormal scan results in such cases is also examined, from which it appears that non-specific meningeal membrane inflammatory reaction surrounding the haematoma is significant.