Hemicraniectomy in the treatment of acute subdural hematoma: a re-appraisal.

Although acute subdural hematoma continues to be one of the more common conditions neurosurgeons are called upon to treat, mortality rates continue to be quite unsatisfactory. Hemicraniectomy with wide decompression of the swollen brain was devised for the condition in 1971 (JNS 34:70-76). Initial results were quite encouraging with a 40% overall survival… (More)