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Spontaneous intracranial hypotension, hygromata and haematomata
  1. D G Healy,
  2. P J Goadsby,
  3. N D Kitchen,
  4. T Yousry,
  5. M G Hanna
  1. The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK
  1. D G Healy, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK; danhealy{at}

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We describe our management of complex spontaneous intracranial hypotension associated with bilateral subdural hygromata. The accompanying images illustrate evolutionary changes over a 6-month period, including late subdural haemorrhage into resolving hygromata. This case demonstrates that conservative management has a place in the management of some patients.


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