EPIDURAL VS. SUBDURAL BLEED
Hope you had a good week. Would you know how to distinguish between an epidural or a subdural bleed ?
An epidural bleed is an arterial bleed. The patient has a brief period of unconsciousness following injury. He then becomes lucid and quickly progresses to unconsciousness and possible coma. A common site for injury is the meningeal artery which runs close to the surface, behind the ear.
A subdural bleed is venous and progresses slowly. The patient may not experience any symptoms for a few days. It may even become chronic. Suspect a subdural bleed if the patient had a fall /head injury and was initally okay and later becomes unconscious. It is common in alcoholics.