Serious Medical Condition for $800, Alex. The reason why Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek had brain surgery. Answer, What is a subdural hematoma?
According to ABC Action News, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was diagnosed in mid-December with a condition known as subdural hematoma, a complication from hitting his head in a bad fall in October. As a result, he underwent surgery to repair the subdural hematoma.
Traumatic acute subdural hematomas for among the most lethal of all head injuries, according to UCLA Health. An acute subdural hematoma is a clot of blood that develops between the surface of the brain and the dura mater, the brain’s tough outer covering, usually due to stretching and tearing of veins on the brain’s surface. These veins rupture when a head injury suddenly jolts or shakes the brain.
Acute subdural hematomas are usually caused by a car accident; a blow to the head; or a slip/trip and fall. Being jolted in the car or hitting your head on the headrest after an automobile accident with enough force can cause an acute subdural hematoma. Unfortunately, most times, the subdural hematoma is not readily apparent after a car accident and can go unnoticed for days or weeks.
After a car accident or injury to the head, it is important to look for symptoms a subdural hematoma. Slurred speech, headaches, problems with balance or walking and nausea can be signs of subdural hematoma. If these symptoms are present in the hours or days after a car accident, it is crucial that the person goes to a doctor to discuss having a CT scan performed.
According to UCLA Health, the mortality rate for patients with an acute subdural hematoma ranges from 50 percent to 90 percent. A significant percentage of these deaths result from the underlying brain injury and pressure on the brain that develops in the days after injury. Approximately 20 percent to 30 percent of patients will recover full or partial brain function. Postoperative seizures are relatively common in these patients. Favorable outcomes are most common in patients who receive rapid treatment.
As someone who planned his evening around watching Jeopardy, I wish Alex Trebek a speedy recovery! If you or someone you know has a blow to the head after a car accident or slip and fall, don’t think it is just a headache. Instead, go get it checked out! Your delay could be fatal.
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