Extradural haematoma

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Assault.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
CT

Non-contrast CT demonstrates a moderate left lateral convexity epidural haematoma, measuring 18 mm in maximal depth, associated an undisplaced left temporoparietal fracture. Thin smear subdural haematomas are seen overlying the left and right temporal lobes, with further blood seen layering on the tentorium cerebelli on the right. 18 mm haemorrhagic contusion involving the left middle/superior temporal gyrus. 

Mild mass effect principally from the left epidural haematoma causes local sulcal effacement and approximately 4 mm of midline shift to the right. No hydrocephalus. Basal cisterns are within normal limits.

The left parietal bone fracture extends through the region of the pterion into the squamous temporal bone and along the floor of the middle cranial fossa, passing through the foramen spinosum and stopping just short of the internal carotid canal.

A fracture through the anterior maxillary wall and floor of the left orbit is also seen, involving the inferior orbital rim and inferior orbital canal.  It extends through the lateral orbital wall with probable diastasis of both the sphenozygomatic and frontozygomatic sutures. 

Annotated image

Extradural haematoma (yellow dotted line) is associated with a linear fracture of the parietal bone (blue arrow). Note how the haematoma is bounded by the coronal suture (yellow arrow). Overlying scalp haematoma (orange dotted line) and a subjacent cerebral contusion ( * ). 

Small bilateral subdural haematomas are also noted (< and >) as well as blood layering on the right side of the tentorium (green arrow) seen as a vague region of increased density (easier to appreciate if coronal reformats were performed). 

Case Discussion

This case illustrates typical appearances of a significant closed head injury with combination of coup and contrecoup injuries, the largest of which is a left sided extradural haematoma (EDH). 

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Case information

rID: 19252
Case created: 20th Aug 2012
Last edited: 2nd Oct 2017
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