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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1984;86(4):255-63.

Subdural empyema. A review of 48 patients.


The data of 48 patients with a subdural empyema, treated in the period 1946-1980, have been reviewed in order to evaluate factors that influenced the outcome. A delay in diagnosis and surgical treatment, plus a severe disturbance of consciousness at the moment of surgery, all had a negative bearing on the subsequent outcome. The mode of operation also had an influence on the outcome in this series. In those patients with a severely disturbed level of consciousness at the time of surgery, the outcome was more favourable if multiple burr-holes were performed rather than a craniotomy. In patients with a minor disturbance of consciousness, however, this difference was not apparent.

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