Spontaneous Chronic Subdural Hematoma in a 22-Year-Old Healthy Woman Academic Article uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Chronic subdural hematoma is a common presentation to the neurosurgical practice that tends to occur among the elderly. METHODS: We identify a rare occurrence of a chronic subdural hematoma in a young and otherwise healthy female patient who denied a traumatic brain injury. RESULTS: Upon reviewing the literature, we found only one reported case of a spontaneous nature in a young patient. The subtle presentation of headaches and absence of neurological deficit could be mistaken as migraine and result in a delay in obtaining imaging and necessary treatment. In this report, we present a 22-year-old patient who complained of persistent headaches and was neurologically intact on examination. Cranial computed tomography revealed the presence of a right-sided chronic subdural hematoma; this was followed by magnetic resonance imaging plus angiogram, which ruled out the presence of a vascular abnormality. A burr-hole craniostomy procedure was used that resulted in resolution of symptoms. CONCLUSION: Without a heightened clinical suspicion, a similar presentation could be missed, resulting in delayed management.


  • De Carvalho, Diana
  • Almenawer, Saleh
  • Lozej, Marco
  • Noble, Heather
  • Murty, Naresh

publication date

  • November 2013