Causes of subacute neurological deficit


Extradural haematoma [top]

  • Acute or subacute neurological deficit subacute neurological deficit acute neurological deficit
  • Classical history is of head injury, particularly to the temple followed by 'lucid interval' then worsening
  • Acute headache, can cause loss of consciousness

Subdural haematoma [top]

  • Subacute or chronic neurological deficit subacute neurological deficit chronic neurological deficit
  • Fluctuating neurological signs, confusion
  • Headache, Signs of raised intracranial pressure
  • Preceding history of head injury, may be minor trauma
  • Risk factors: Anticoagulant therapy, Elderly, Alcoholics