It is important that a patient receive medical assessment, including a complete neurological examination, after any head trauma. A CT scan or MRI scan will usually detect significant subdural hematomas.

  1. Small subdural hematomas can be managed by careful monitoring until the body heals itself.
  2. Large or symptomatic hematomas require a craniotomy, the surgical opening of the skull.
  3. A surgeon then opens the dura, removes the blood clot with suction or irrigation, and identifies and controls sites of bleeding.