interhemispheric_subdural_hematoma_case_series

Interhemispheric Subdural Hematoma Case Series

420 patients had Interhemispheric Subdural Hematomas (1.9% of admissions and 35.5% of SDH), 35 (8.3% of IHSDH) were ≥8 mm in width. IHSDH was isolated in 16 (3.8%) of the cases. Average age was 61.7 ± 21.5 years for all IHSDHs and 77.1 ± 10.4 for large IHSDH (p < 0.001). For large IHSDH, a transient loss of consciousness (LOC) occurred in 51.5% of individuals, post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) in 47.8% of cases, and motor weakness in 37.9% of patients. Five of the large IHSDH patients presented with motor deficits directly related to the IHSDH, and weakness resolved in four of these five individuals. None were treated surgically. Progression of IHSDH width occurred in one patient.

IHSDHs are often referred to as rare entities. Results show they are common. Conservative management is appropriate to manage most IHSDHs, as most resolve spontaneously, and their symptoms resolve as well 1).


A prospectively collected, single-institution trauma database was searched for patients with isolated traumatic iSDH causing falx syndrome in the period from January 2008 to January 2018. Information on demographic and radiological characteristics, serial neurological examinations, clinical and radiological outcomes, and posttreatment complications was collected and tallied. The authors subsequently dichotomized patients by management strategy to evaluate clinical outcome and 30-day survival.

Twenty-five patients (0.4% of those with intracranial injuries, 0.05% of those with trauma) with iSDH and falx syndrome represented the study cohort. The average age was 73.4 years, and most patients (23 [92%] of 25) were taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications. Six patients were managed nonoperatively, and 19 patients underwent craniotomy for iSDH evacuation; of the latter patients, 17 (89.5%) had improvement in or resolution of motor deficits postoperatively. There were no instances of venous infarction, reaccumulation, or infection after evacuation. In total, 9 (36%) of the 25 patients died within 30 days, including 6 (32%) of the 19 who had undergone craniotomy and 3 (50%) of the 6 who had been managed nonoperatively. Patients who died within 30 days were significantly more likely to experience in-hospital neurological deterioration prior to surgery (83% vs 15%, p = 0.0095) and to be comatose prior to surgery (100% vs 23%, p = 0.0031). The median modified Rankin Scale score of surgical patients who survived hospitalization (13 patients) was 1 at a mean follow-up of 22.1 months.

iSDHs associated with falx syndrome can be evacuated safely and effectively, and prompt surgical evacuation prior to neurological deterioration can improve outcomes. In this study, craniotomy for iSDH evacuation proved to be a low-risk strategy that was associated with generally good outcomes, though appropriately selected patients may fare well without evacuation 2).


From 2006 to 2015, we treated 105 patients with IHSDH. All patients were diagnosed by computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging. We selected 42 patients with thick (3 mm or more) IHSDH. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical and radiological findings, management and outcomes.

The male to female ratio was 2:1. Two thirds of the patients were over 60 years old. Slip or fall was the most common cause of trauma. The level of consciousness on admission was Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) 13 to 15 in 25 patients. The most common symptom was headache. All IHSDH was hyperdense in CT at the time of diagnosis. IHSDH frequently accompanied convexity subdural hematoma. The outcome was favorable in 27 patients, however, six patients were expired. Twenty-two patients were managed conservatively. Surgery was performed in ten patients to remove the concurrent lesion. The outcome was poor in spontaneous one, patients with low GCS, and patients with conservative treatment.

IHSDH is rare especially the isolated one. The outcome was dependent to the severity of injury. Surgery may be helpful to remove the concurrent mass lesion, however, conservative treatment is generally preferred 3).


The clinical and radiological findings, management, and outcomes in 35 patients with traumatic interhemispheric subdural haematoma (ISH) were reviewed retrospectively. Twenty-five patients had favourable outcomes and 10 had poor outcomes. All patients were treated conservatively for ISH. Univariate analysis found that the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score (p < 0.001), hypovolemic shock (p = 0.018), skull fracture (p = 0.008), convexity or posterior fossa subdural haematoma (p = 0.008), and subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) were correlated with outcome (p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that GCS score (p = 0.031; odds ratio [OR], 0.6; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.3-0.9) and the presence of SAH (p = 0.023; OR, 14.2; 95% CI, 1.5-138.2) were significantly related to poor outcome. This study provides important information on the clinicoradiological findings and prognoses in patients with traumatic ISH 4).


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Léveillé E, Schur S, AlAzri A, Couturier C, Maleki M, Marcoux J. Clinical Characterization of Traumatic Acute Interhemispheric Subdural Hematoma. Can J Neurol Sci. 2020 Jul;47(4):504-510. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2020.44. Epub 2020 Mar 3. PMID: 32122420.
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Tonetti DA, Ares WJ, Okonkwo DO, Gardner PA. Management and outcomes of isolated interhemispheric subdural hematomas associated with falx syndrome. J Neurosurg. 2019 Jan 11;131(6):1920-1925. doi: 10.3171/2018.8.JNS181812. PMID: 30641843.
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Ahn JM, Lee KS, Shim JH, Oh JS, Shim JJ, Yoon SM. Clinical Features of Interhemispheric Subdural Hematomas. Korean J Neurotrauma. 2017 Oct;13(2):103-107. doi: 10.13004/kjnt.2017.13.2.103. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID: 29201842; PMCID: PMC5702743.
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Takeuchi S, Takasato Y, Masaoka H, Hayakawa T, Yatsushige H, Sugawara T. Traumatic interhemispheric subdural haematoma: Study of 35 cases. J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Dec;17(12):1527-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2010.03.055. PMID: 20817537.
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