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Book Reviews
May 1948

Subdural Hematoma in Infants.

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By Juan F. Cassinelli and Rodolfo E. Tiscornia. Pp. 90. Published by the authors in Montevideo, Uraguay, 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;75(5):767. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030020784016

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This is a review of the literature on the subject, with a detailed presentation of 3 cases. The monograph is interesting in the presentation of several roentgenograms taken after injection of air into the subdural space after the blood had been evacuated. This technic gives the delineation of the hematoma.

In 2 of the cases presented, punctures of the superior sagittal sinus for withdrawal of blood had been made. While the authors presented evidence that this did not contribute to the cause of the hematoma, it still seems to the reviewer that sinus puncture is an unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedure.

The anatomic nature of the lesion is particularly well discussed, with clarification of the confusion existing in many minds as to the exact location of the hemorrhage. The book is recommended to all those who are especially interested in the subject.

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