Published on October 10th, 2019
An epidural hematoma is a form of brain injury, which occurs when an artery (or some blood vessel) ruptures, and it’s marked by bleeding in the skull or sometimes in the spinal column.
This is quite possible when a skull fracture develops during some accident in one’s childhood. It can also occur right after, during, or shortly before childbirth, if your infant has experienced a stroke.
Epidural Hematoma Cerebral Palsy is the result of a prevailing epidural hematoma, (could be birth injury), which could result in cerebral palsy unless it is diagnosed and treated at the right time.
How Are Cerebral Palsy And Epidural Hematoma connected?
Often epidural hematoma leads to the development of cerebral palsy in the child and is considered to be a life-threatening, serious injury that needs immediate medical assistance.
Infants with epidural hematoma can suffer from a lack of oxygen that may lead to brain damage, which is, in turn, linked to cerebral palsy.
If your baby has suffered from an epidural hematoma, then you must keep an eye out for the possible cerebral palsy symptoms to detect it in the early stages.
Here are a few of the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy that you should be on the lookout for:
- Difficulty grasping small objects
- Hand curling inwards, towards the body, and other such abnormalities
- Muscle tone that may vary from floppy to stiff
- Failure to achieve simple milestones like crawling, walking or sitting up
- Developmental delays in the child
- Slurred speech, poorly formed words and other such speech problems
- Inability to control muscle movements and coordinate with them
- Trouble swallowing food, which can be a result of poor coordination between the muscles of the tongue and the mouth
- Excessive drooling
Before the actual treatment begins, physicians also check for the following Epidural Hematoma symptoms, to ascertain if immediate medical care is needed.
Here are a few common symptoms that determine Epidural Hematoma and decide its severity:
- Enlarged pupils
- Nausea, possibly accompanied by vomiting
- A feeling of drowsiness and lethargy
- Swelling in the scalp
- Signs of irritability and fussiness
- Trouble with feeding
- Severe head pain (can be challenging to determine in case of infants)
While these symptoms may not automatically mean that your child has an epidural hematoma, which has lead to one or more symptoms of cerebral palsy, it is highly advisable to get a diagnosis from a reliable physician.
How Can It Be Treated?
Physicians perform a neurological exam to check for an increase in the intracranial pressure, which would need to be diagnosed and treated immediately.
Emergency surgery is often performed in such cases to reduce stress and curtail the risks of further developing brain injuries.
Seizures are a common symptom, and hence, seizure medication is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs.
If you feel that your child could be suffering from Epidural Hematoma Cerebral Palsy because of the negligence observed by the hospital, then you can choose to file a case against them.
There are birth injury lawyers, who specialize in situations like these and can help you understand all about the malpractice laws of your state. With their help, you can determine possible legal actions that you can take against the liable doctor/hospital.
It is indeed difficult for the child’s parents to ensure that their kid has a healthy life when they are diagnosed with a cerebral palsy this severe.
However, with some encouragement, determination, and the right amount of positivity, you can ensure your child lives a healthier and happier life.
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