Subdural drain

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 3 May 2020

Subdural drains (SDDs) are inserted as a neurosurgical procedure to manage subdural hygromas 1 and chronic subdural hematomas 2. The drain is ideally closed system 1. It may, for example, be a Jackson-Pratt catheter3 or subdural evacuating port system 4

To insert a SDD, a skin incision is made over the maximum thickness of the hematoma. A craniostomy is performed to access the dura mater, which is incised.  Once a hematoma is managed, a drain is placed in the subdural space. 

Treatment and prognosis


SDDs are associated with medical and surgical complications, of which the surgical complications include 6:

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