Epidural Hematoma

Occurs within the first 24 hours [maybe 48] of head trauma.  Suspect if progressive headache develops.  If there’d been loss of consciousness with the trauma, patient recuperates and experiences a “lucid interval” or normality before decompensation.

Natural History: 100% fatal [within hours of symptom onset], but excellent prognosis if operated in time.

See posting Acute Headache – 3.