Subdural haematoma following infant spinal anaesthesia

Robert J. McDougall, Richard Barnes, R. Andrew Danks, Michael Ditchfield

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Introduction: Subdural haematoma (SDH) is rare following spinal anaesthesia and has not been reported previously in an infant. Non-accidental injury is the commonest cause of subdural haematoma in infants. Methods: We describe two cases of SDH following spinal anaesthesia in infants. Results: In both cases, forensic investigation was commenced and no evidence of child abuse was found. Both children are well 2 years after diagnosis. Conclusion: Paediatric health workers should be aware of the possibility of SDH after spinal anaesthesia and consider this as a differential diagnosis when investigating possible non-accidental injury in an infant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-581
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Infant
  • Spinal anaesthesia
  • Subdural haematoma

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