Friday, March 9, 2018

Prognostication in SDH

Q: All of the following are prognostic factors in Sub-Dural Hematoma (SDH) except?

A) Age
B) Glasgow coma scale (GCS)
C) Clot thickness ≥10 mm
D) Midline shift ≥ 10 mm
E) Reduced patency of the basal cisterns

Answer: D

Age more than 50 become a prognostic factor in SDH as well as GCS score <7. On CT scan, Clot thickness ≥10 mm, midline shift ≥ 5 mm and reduced patency of the basal cisterns have been described as prognostic factors in SDH.



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