Spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma: case report and literature review.


Journal Article (Review)

BACKGROUND: Spontaneously occurring epidural hematomas for which no etiology is identified are rare phenomenon. These are often neurosurgical emergencies; therefore, prompt diagnosis and treatment are paramount. Because of the rarity of this condition, we have illustrated in this recent case its presentation, evaluation and management. METHODS: A 63-year-old male presented to our emergency room with right-sided hemiparesis and contralateral hypesthesia, consistent with a C5 Brown-Séquard syndrome. An initial evaluation for cerebral infarction was unremarkable, including a negative brain magnetic resonance image. Further imaging revealed a cervical epidural hematoma of unknown etiology. RESULTS: The patient underwent emergent laminectomy for decompression and evacuation of the hematoma within 24 hours of his presentation to the emergency room. The patient's symptoms improved remarkably after surgery and a 4-month follow-up imaging evaluation revealed no recurrence of his hematoma. CONCLUSION: This report highlights the various presentations, evaluation, and management options for this rare diagnosis. It emphasizes the necessity of prompt diagnosis for possible emergent intervention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Adamson, DC; Bulsara, K; Bronec, PR

Published Date

  • August 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 156 - 159

PubMed ID

  • 15261513

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15261513

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-3019

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.surneu.2003.10.040


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States