Risk Factors for Subdural Hematoma in Falls

Condition: Acute subdural hematoma

Eligibility

Key Inclusion Criteria

  • At least 65 years old
  • Traumatic injury related to a fall (with neuroimaging)

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients who did not receive neuroimaging
  • Unable to obtain consent from the patient or surrogate
  • Refusal to participate

Full Study Name

The Link Between Acute Subdural Hematomas and Falls: Analysis of Risk Factors (IRB no. 00000112)

The purpose of this study is to examine the risk factors for ground-level falls and how they are associated with acute subdural hematomas, a frequently encountered type of bleeding in the brain as a consequence of falls that is associated with high morbidity (state of having symptoms or being unhealthy due to the bleeding in the brain) and high mortality. Specifically, the study aims to determine whether knowledge of risk factors for ground level falls that are associated with bleeding in the brain can help guide the education and care of patients at risk of falls and thereby minimize their risk of bleeding in the brain.  

Participants will complete a survey that asks about their history of falls, ambulation (walking) features, medical conditions, medication and substance use, and symptoms before the fall. Medical records will also be reviewed. Individuals who do not have bleeding in the brain may be asked to participate as a “normal control.”  “Normal control” means that they do not have the condition or disease that is being studied (so they can be compared to individuals with the condition.) 

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