Functional recovery following surgery for chronic subdural hematoma

Sarah A. Merrill, Daniel Khan, Alexandra E. Richards, Maziyar A. Kalani, Naresh P. Patel, Matthew T. Neal

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Background: Among the elderly, chronic subdural hematoma is a relatively common neurosurgical condition. Presenting symptoms range from headache and focal neurological deficits to seizure and coma depending on location and extent of brain compression. Functional recovery following surgery for chronic subdural hematoma is central to quality of life and ongoing health for elderly patients; however, there is a paucity of data regarding functional recovery in this population. Methods: In this study, the physical activity of patients who underwent surgical evacuation of chronic subdural hematoma was surveyed, as well as participation in physical therapy following surgery. In total, 38 patients completed the survey. Results: Of the 30 patients who exercised regularly before surgery, 28 (90.3%) returned to exercise within 1 year after surgery. Of 13 patients who reported playing hobby sports before surgery, 9 (69.2%) returned to those sports. 17/38 (44.7%) patients participated in physical therapy after surgery. 35/38 (92.1%) of patients reported that the surgery improved their quality of life. Conclusion: The majority of patients who underwent surgery for chronic subdural hematoma were able to return to exercise within 1 year. Participation in physical therapy was associated with return to exercise and sports. Further study is needed to determine which factors contribute to a return to baseline levels of physical activity following surgery for chronic subdural hematoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberSNI_689_2020
JournalSurgical Neurology International
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Chronic
  • Exercise
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurovascular
  • Physical therapy
  • Subdural hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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