The profile of blunt traumatic infratentorial cranial bleed types

Isaac Ng, Nikolay Bugaev, Ron Riesenburger, Aaron C. Shpiner, Janis L. Breeze, Sandra S. Arabian, Reuven Rabinovici

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Infratentorial traumatic intracranial bleeds (ICBs) are rare and the distribution of subtypes is unknown. To characterize this distribution the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) 2014 was queried for adults with single type infratentorial ICB, n = 1,821: subdural hemorrhage (SDH), subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), epidural hemorrhage (EDH), and intraparenchymal hemorrhage (IPH). Comparisons were made between the groups with statistical significance determined using chi squared and t-tests. SDH occurred in 29% of patients, mostly in elderly on anti-coagulants (13%) after a fall (77%), 42% of them underwent craniotomy, their mortality was the lowest (4%). SAH was the most common (56%) occurring mostly from traffic related injuries (27%). Furthermore, 9% of them had a severe head injury Glasgow Coma Scale ≤8 (GCS), but had the lowest Injury Severity Score (ISS, median 8) as well as a short hospital length of stay, 5.1 ± 6.2 days. These patients were most likely to be discharged to home (64%). They had the lowest mortality (4%). EDH was the least common ICB (5%), occurred in younger patients (median age 49 years), and it had the highest percentage of associated injuries (13%). EDH patients presented with the poorest neurological status (26% GCS ≤8, ISS median 25) and were operated on more than any other ICB type (55%). EDH was the highest mortality (9%) ICB type and had a low discharge to home rate (58%). IPH was uncommon (10%). Infratentorial bleeds types have different clinical courses, and outcomes. Understanding these differences can be useful in managing these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-62
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Traumatic infratentorial bleeds
  • Traumatic intracranial hemorrhage


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