December 7, 2013
What is chronic subdural haematoma?
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was diagnosed with a chronic subdural haematoma today and prescribed a month of rest after spending 10 hours in the medical centre belonging to the Fundación Favaloro.
A chronic subdural haematoma is a collection of “old” blood and blood breakdown products in the space between the covering of the brain and its outer layer. Its chronic phase starts two or more weeks after the first bleeding.
The subdural haematoma is caused by torn, bleeding veins inside the outer layer. Usually, it’s a result of the mild brain injury, followed by the blood collection in the covering of the brain.
The medical treatment shall focus on controlling the symptoms and minimizing the possibilities of permanent brain damage.