CC-BY 4.0 · Surg J 2017; 03(04): e174-e176
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1607215
Original Article
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No Value of Routine Brain Computed Tomography 6 Weeks after Evacuation of Chronic Subdural Hematoma

Christian Bonde Pedersen1, Filippa Sundbye1, 2, Frantz Rom Poulsen1, 2
  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
  • 2Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
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Publication History

31 March 2017

28 August 2017

Publication Date:
27 November 2017 (online)

Abstract

Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of planned control postoperative brain computed tomography (CT) scan performed 4 to 6 weeks after the evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma.

Materials and Methods This retrospective study examined 202 patients who during a 2-year period from 2011 and 2012 underwent surgical treatment for chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH). Information on patient age, sex, alcohol consumption, anticoagulant/antiplatelet treatment, history of head trauma, Glasgow coma scale (GCS), neurological symptoms, laterality of CSDH, and surgical technique was retrieved from patient charts.

Results Overall, 27 out of 202 patients had a recurrence of CSDH and re-evacuation of the hematoma was performed. In all patients recurrence of neurological symptoms preceded the planned postoperative control brain CT 4 to 6 weeks after primary surgery.

Conclusion Routinely postoperative control brain CT scan 4 to 6 weeks after the evacuation of a CSDH has no clinical value.