Subdural haematoma associated with an arachnoid cyst after repetitive minor heading injury in ball games

Br J Sports Med. 2004 Aug;38(4):E8. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2003.005710.


We report the case of a chronic subdural haematoma caused by repetitive heading of a football which led to the diagnosis of a middle fossa arachnoid cyst. The association between arachnoid cysts and subdural haematoma is discussed as are safety implications in sporting injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arachnoid Cysts / complications*
  • Arachnoid Cysts / surgery
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications*
  • Headache / etiology
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Chronic / complications*
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Chronic / surgery
  • Humans
  • Nausea / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vomiting / etiology