Delayed traumatic intracerebral hematoma

Br J Neurosurg. 1991;5(5):491-8. doi: 10.3109/02688699108998478.


Although delayed traumatic intracerebral hematomas (DTICHs) have been frequently reported since 1970, the time interval from trauma to hemorrhage and diagnosis has not been well defined. Eight patients with DITCH were found among 1,320 head-injured patients admitted to the neurosurgical service through the emergency department from March 1989 to March 1990. The mean time interval between initial and follow-up CT scan was 22 h. The mean time interval between initial trauma and diagnosis of DITCH was 24 h. One patient was diagnosed incidentally by magnetic resonance imaging. Three patients underwent operation and five patients were managed conservatively. Three patients died, resulting in a case mortality rate of 37.5%. The time interval for DTICHs' development and pitfalls in its diagnosis were discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / surgery
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniotomy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Head Injuries, Closed / diagnostic imaging*
  • Head Injuries, Closed / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*