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Authors

  1. Lasater, Marie

Epidural hematomas (EDHs) account for 10% of fatal injuries in patients with head trauma. Up to 35% of patients suffering EDHs develop secondary brain injury within days after the initial trauma. Secondary brain injury can profoundly affect a patient's subsequent neurologic recovery and functional status. This case study presents a patient who developed an EDH following severe head trauma with signs and symptoms of secondary brain injury; intravascular temperature modulation was used to treat the secondary injury for a prolonged period of 13 days. The patient showed a complete neurologic recovery with return to work 6 months after her injury.