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Outcome following subdural haemorrhages in infancy
  1. Sandeep Jayawant,
  2. Jeremy Parr
  1. Department of Paediatric Neurology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Sandeep Jayawant
    John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DY, UK; Sandeep.Jayawant{at}


Subdural haemorrhages (SDH) are associated with significant neurodisability in affected individuals. The incidence of SDH in infants is between 12 and 25 cases per 100 000 children and most detected SDH are due to physical abuse. In the infant brain, SDH are caused by tearing of the bridging veins in the subdural space and may result in significant brain injury. The challenge of assessing outcome in infants with SDH is evaluating whether SDH or other accompanying brain insults are instrumental in the neurodevelopmental outcome.

  • GOS, Glasgow Outcome Scale
  • KOSCHI, King’s Outcome Scale for Childhood Head Injury
  • POPC, Pediatric Overall Performance Category
  • SDH, subdural haemorrhages

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