Turkish Neurosurgery 2016 , Vol 26 , Num 2
Burr Hole Evacuation of Extradural Hematoma in Mass Trauma. A Life Saving and Time Saving Procedure: Our Experience in the Earthquake of 2005
Ahsan AURANGZEB1, Ehtisham AHMED1, Saadia MAQBOOL2, Adil IHSAN1, Asghar ALI1, Sajid Nazir BHATTI1, Nazir ALVI1, Sajid HUSSAIN1
1Ayub Medical College, Neurosurgery Department, Abbottabad, Pakistan
2Women Medical College, Physiology Department, Abbottabad, Pakistan
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.7345-12.0 AIM: To observe the outcome of burr hole evacuation of extradural hematoma (EDH) in mass head injury.

MATERIAL and METHODS: This study included patients of any age who sustained head injury in the earthquake of October 8, 2005, were diagnosed as EDH on computed tomography (CT) scan and were admitted in the neurosurgery ward over a period of 3 days. All patients were followed by serial CT scans and neurological assessments.

RESULTS: A total of 36 patients were included in this study. There were 25 male and 11 female patients and the age range was from 5 years to 50 years. All cases were the victim of the earthquake. All patients underwent surgery for evacuation of EDH through a single burr hole. One patient required craniotomy for EDH due to neurological deterioration on the second postoperative day, and 1 patient died.

CONCLUSION: As EDH is potentially fatal lesion, evacuation of EDH through a single burr hole has good outcome with less chances of recurrence and complications in mass head injured patients as seen with earthquakes. Keywords : Extradural hematoma, Burr hole evacuation, Mass injured patients, Computed tomography

Corresponding author : Ahsan Aurangzeb, neuro-69@hotmail.com