Subdural empyema. A review of 48 patients

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1984;86(4):255-63. doi: 10.1016/0303-8467(84)90286-5.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Subdural / diagnosis*
  • Empyema, Subdural / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Subdural / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed