December 2, 2022

DEC 2, organic brain poetry: chronic subdural hematoma

 

CHRONIC SUBDURAL HEMATOMA


"Back a spell, had a spill." Recall's hazy;

Two months passed, Hazel's ill and acts crazy.

Then a CAT-scan referral

Found her chronic subdural.

That flaw fixed, she feels fresh as a daisy.
 
Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: A chronic subdural hematoma is a space-occupying intracranial lesion resulting from the body's failure to resorb blood that collected between the dural membrane and the brain parenchyma, usually caused by traumatic head injury. Whereas an initial expanding clot presents as a neurosurgical emergency, smaller clots, with a tendency to absorb fluid and expand gradually, may be later suggested only by chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms. In jargon used in actual medical settings and in televised fictional series, the term for the lesion responsible may be shortened to subdural.

In elderly patients, such as Hazel, and in those on blood-thinning drugs, the trauma required to incite events such as those in this tale may be minor or even subliminal.
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