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Can memories be retrieved after treatment of subdural hematoma?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

Neurologist, Surgical

Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Wed, 1 Aug 2018 in Brain and Spine
Question: I was in in an MVA two and a half years ago in which I suffered a subdural hematoma. I have no memory of the events past the first few minutes. I was conscious and responsive all day but can’t remember anything except a few fleeting moments. I have mild traumatic brain injury symptoms. Is there a possibility or a way I can retrieve those memories after all this time? Other than three brief recollections, I lost about 10 hours. I was in another car crash 10 years earlier that produced a dislocated neck and a lacerated spleen. Would this have been cumulative injury that led to this?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
It is unlikely to retrieve those memories.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Memory issues that you describe are most likely caused by the latter MVA the one that you suffered the subdural hematoma.

After all this time is very unlikely for you to retrieve those lost memories.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho 36 minutes later
Would the lacerated spleen and extensive blood loss during both accidents, transfusions needed for both—with hemoglobin level of 4 in the first accident and 7 in the second accident contribute to memory loss, due to oxygen deprivation? It was that way for two days.
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Anemia may contribute too.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.

Low supply of the brain in oxygen due to anemia may have contributed to your memory issues too, subdural hematoma remains the most important factor in such symptoms due to direct compression of the brain.

Hope this helps.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho 1 hour later
Yes, it does help and confirms what I experienced with the subdural hematoma and memory loss. I have continuing short term memory issues that have improved but still require me to strategize to compensate. I also have executive functioning issues related to organizational skills. Cognitive function testing indicated that I am functioning two to three standard deviations below my previous capacity. I function as low as high average in problem solving, for example. I have an MS degree and was top of my class. I have retrieved some of my function since the May 2015 crash and hematoma, but not all of it. Is there any reason to believe that I could make more progress? Also, Alzheimer’s runs in my family, on both sides, my mother a confirmed diagnosis upon autopsy. I don’t have any signs of that and no lesions or dark areas on CT scans, but how might the head injuries impact my odds of developing it? Or, with my many comorbidities, will something else likely get me first?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 20 hours later
Brief Answer:
Brain injury is a risk factor.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

Head and brain injury is one of the risk factors that may contribute to the Alzheimer ‘s development.

So, unfortunately, it may increase the possibility in your case to develop dementia.

Heredity is another risk factor.

It is necessary to follow up closely with your Neurologist in order to get treated correctly.

Hope this helps.

In good health.
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