Acute Subdural Hematoma refers to the development of a blood clot in an area between the skull and brain—as a result of a head injury. Specifically, it’s a bleed that occurs below the inner layer of the dura, the brain’s tough outer covering, usually due to the tearing or rupturing of veins in the brain surface.

The bleeding causes a hematoma that creates pressure on the brain which can affect brain functions or even be life-threatening if not treated on time. Other terms used for Subdural Hematoma are subdural hemorrhage or intracranial hematoma.

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    Symptoms of Subdural Hematoma depend on the bleeding rate and pressure on the brain. Common signs and symptoms include:

    • Severe headache
    • Dizziness, loss of balance, difficulty in walking
    • Weakness and memory loss
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Enlarged and swollen skulls in babies
    • Change in vision, slurred speech


    Diagnosing Subdural Hematoma, in the beginning, can be difficult because people may seem normal after a head injury. However, symptoms start appearing when blood starts leaking out of the torn veins above the brain surface. To check the size and position of Subdural Hematoma, your doctor may order the following tests:

    • CT Scan
    • MRI
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    Sometimes, hematoma goes away with medications but if the bleeding continues followed by severe symptoms, a doctor might suggest Subdural Hematoma Surgery. Based on the type of hematoma you have, we provide two Subdural Hematoma Surgery Options:

    • Surgical Drainage
    • Craniotomy

    Why Choose Us?

    Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe, a board-certified neurosurgeon in Los Angeles , is an expert in treating Subdural Hematoma. Instead of rushing into surgery, she does a thorough examination of the patient’s condition, associated complications, and risks and then discusses the best treatment options with the patient.


    Advanced diagnostic methods


    State-of-the-art technology


    Minimally Invasive Surgery


    Patient-centered approach


    Recovery with less downtime


    Outstanding patient care

    For more information call us at 213-369-4583 or visit our office in Los Angeles today!

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Can we fully recover from a subdural hematoma?

    The mortality rate for subdural hematoma is 36-79%. Most survivors who are treated for acute subdural hematoma, do not regain the full level of brain functioning.

    How long does it take to recover from a subdural hematoma?

    The recovery period for subdural hematoma depends on the severity of an injury. Some people may recover within a few months while others may never regain full brain functioning even after years.