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Case Rep Neurol Med. 2013;2013:310854. doi: 10.1155/2013/310854. Epub 2013 Jan 13.

Recovery after delayed surgery in a case of spinal subdural hematoma.

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Department of Neuroscience, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Brescia, Piazza Spedali Civili, 25123 Brescia, Italy ; Department of Neuroscience, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Torino, 10126 Torino, Italy.


Spinal chronic subdural hematoma (SCSH) is a rare pathology usually associated with trauma or hematological alterations or is due to iatrogenic causes; rarely SCSH can be spontaneous. We report a case of a 79-year-old female who underwent a surgical evacuation of a spontaneous SCSH one year after diagnosis. She presented with a severe paraparesis and showed a considerable improvement in sensory-motor performances after surgery. The treatment of spontaneous SCSH is not well defined and universally accepted. Early surgery is mandatory in cases presenting with severe deficits. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case showing a good outcome in a case of SCSH following a delayed surgery. In our opinion, an aggressive approach should be considered as a viable option in cases of spontaneous SCSH even after a lasting spinal cord compression.

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