Geriatric Head Trauma
Due to issues such as balance disorder, autonomic nervous disorder, and muscular weakness, elderly patients are at a heightened risk for falls. In some cases, brain injuries may result from these incidents. If you are injured and require a consultation, we will perform a head CT scan and first confirm that there is no bleeding in the skull. We will also take care to attempt to address the root cause of the fall to prevent it from occurring again.
In some cases, hematoma may occur on the surface of the brain about 1 month after injury. This is called a chronic subdural hematoma, which usually occurs in patients over the age of 60. In my outpatient experience, 5 out of 100 people will have a chronic subdural hematoma. Chronic subdural hematoma can cause clouding of consciousness, motor paralysis of the limbs, but because it is not a strong motor paralysis like that seen with stroke, diagnosis can be delayed. For these reasons, we will prepare an outpatient plan that takes into account the risk of chronic subdural hematoma after head trauma.