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