A "neurosurgical crisis" of sickle cell disease: Case report

Nader S. Dahdaleh, Timothy E. Lindley, Patricia A. Kirby, Hiroyuki Oya, Matthew A. Howard

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The occurrence of spontaneous acute epidural hematomas is rare in patients with sickle cell disease. The authors report the case of a patient with sickle cell anemia who presented with a sickle cell crisis that was complicated by the development of multiple acute epidural and subgaleal hematomas requiring surgical evacuation. Possible underlying mechanisms are discussed. Although rare, clinicians should be aware of this phenomenon as part of a spectrum of neurological complications in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-535
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Medullary hemopoiesis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spontaneous epidural hematoma
  • Subgaleal hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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