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Case Reports
May 1938


Author Affiliations

From the neurologic and neurosurgical departments (Cornell) of Bellevue Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(5):1034-1036. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980110140011

In children between the ages of 2 and 12 years chronic subdural hematoma is a rarity.

In 1930 Jelsma1 collected from the literature reports of forty-two cases of chronic subdural hematoma. In this series there was only one case of a child between the ages of 2 and 10 years.

In 1899 Spiller2 reported a case of bilateral subdural hematoma in a feebleminded child aged 7 years, who was taken ill at a training school for the feebleminded. The diagnosis was not suspected, for she failed to show any localizing signs. The necropsy revealed well organized subdural hematomas over both hemispheres.

Henschen3 in 1912 in a comprehensive report on subdural hematomas reported a recovery following the evacuation of an acute subdural hematoma in a 9 year old girl who fell from a balcony for a distance of about 10 feet (3 meters). The child lost consciousness. There

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