Spotlight on Epidural hematoma

In this article, Dr. Saul Schwarz of the University of Colorado Health Sciences describes cranial epidural hematoma primarily as a result of traumatic head injury. It represents a hemorrhage between the dura mater and the inner table of the skull. Focal and global neurologic deficits are common, and the mainstay of treatment is surgical decompression.

Dr. Schwarz discusses the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of epidural hematoma. Updates to this article include a review of newer imaging techniques that assist with evaluating the extent of associated brain injury and prognosis in patients with traumatic epidural hematoma.

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Spotlight on Headache attributed to head trauma

Headache is common following head injury. Most individuals recover within days, weeks, or months, but a minority of subjects may suffer from intractable posttraumatic headache despite treatment. Posttraumatic headache remains a subject of controversy over the years concerning its pathophysiology. Litigation and medicolegal problems further complicate this issue. In this clinical summary, Dr. Kai-Chen Wang of Cheng Hsin General Hospital in Taiwan summarizes current understanding of posttraumatic headache, including a brief historical review of the disease, the classification and diagnostic criteria, the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, pathophysiology, diagnostic evaluation, and management.

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Spotlight on Severe closed head injury

Wartime experience has continuously influenced and improved civilian management of severe traumatic brain injury. Surgical and medical management of closed head injury continues to evolve. Although no one has yet identified the “magic bullet” to prevent secondary injury after head trauma, several promising novel strategies are being employed. In this clinical summary, Dr. Richard S Polin of George Washington University has added sections on two new multicenter prospective trials of medical treatment of head injury and one trial on surgical management.

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MedLink Neurology authors are always at work to bring you broad and up-to-date coverage of neurology topics. We are pleased to highlight clinical summaries that have been recently added or updated and to introduce the authors who write these authoritative articles. We hope you enjoy these overviews and appreciate the contributions of our more than 450 authors who keep MedLink Neurology the premier information resource for neurologists.