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February 1978

Posterior Fossa Subdural Hematomas in Neonates

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology (Dr Palakshappa), Neuropathology (Drs Blank and Gilles), and Radiology (Dr Strand), Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Boston Hospital for Women, and the Departments of Neurology-Neuropathology (Drs Blank and Gilles) and Radiology (Dr Strand), Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(2):108-111. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500260046012

• Posterior fossa subdural hematomas in the newborn infant are rare but potentially treatable. The infants are normal after birth, but within days, hydrocephalus hypotonia, and irregular respirations develop. Seizures and third nerve pareses are unusual. We report a neonate in whom this process was identified by computerized tomographic brain scan. We also discuss potential misinterpretations of the computerized tomographic brain scan in neonates.

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