A Case of Chronic Subdural Haematoma, A Rare Complication of Eclampsia in Pregnancy

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Rahul Khatri1*, Bhoomika Jain1, Sabrina Mhapankar2, Sushil Kumar3

1Junior Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MGM Medical College and Research Centre, Navi Mumbai, India

2Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGM Medical College and Research Centre, Navi Mumbai, India

3Professor and HOD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGM Medical College and Research Centre, Navi Mumbai, India

*Corresponding Author: Rahul Khatri, MBBS, Junior Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MGM Medical College and research Center, Navi Mumbai, India

Received: 26 November 2020; Accepted: 09 December 2020; Published: 27 January 2021

Citation: Rahul Khatri, Bhoomika Jain, Sabrina Mhapankar, Sushil Kumar. A Case of Chronic Subdural Haematoma, A Rare Complication of Eclampsia in Pregnancy. Obstetrics and Gynecology Research 4 (2021): 007-011.

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Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy constitute one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal mortality worldwide. Chronic subdural hematoma is extremely uncommon in Pregnancy. Intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) is deadly complication, if it occurs in pregnancy both mother and fetus gets compromised. Here we present a rare case of Subdural Hematoma in a patient with eclampsia in pregnancy, in which both the mother and baby were discharged with a multidisciplinary approach and early detection of the condition.


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1. Introduction

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy constitute one of

the leading causes of maternal and perinatal mortality worldwide. It has been estimated that preeclampsia complicates 2–8% of pregnancies globally [1]. Although maternal mortality is much lower in high-income countries than in developing countries, 16% of maternal deaths can be attributed to hypertensive disorders [1, 2].

Intracranial Haemorrhage is a rare complication of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia in pregnancy. When stroke (ischemic or haemorrhagic) occurs during pregnancy, both women and the child may have devastating outcomes [3]. The incidence of stroke in pregnant patients is estimated at 34.2 per 100,000 deliveries, and the mortality rate is 1.4 per 1,00,000 [4] deliveries, accounting for both types.

Here we present a rare case of Subdural Hematoma in a

patient with Eclampsia in pregnancy, in which both mother and baby were discharged uneventfully.

2. Case Report

A 28 year-old female G2P1D1 previous Vaginal Delivery with 29 weeks of gestation was brought to the casualty in an unconscious state with a history of convulsions. On examination, Her general condition was poor, her Pulse was 120 beats per minute, with BP of 130/90mmHg, SpO2 - 99% on RA, Respiratory Rate of 22 per minute. There was No pallor/icterus. Bilateral pedal oedema was present with urine albumin of +2. On systemic examination, heart sound s1s2 was present, no murmur was heard, and air entry was bilaterally equal.

On CNS examination, she was unconscious, not responding to commands, anisocoria was noted, and a corneal reflex was present. On Per Abdomen, Uterus was 28-30wks, the size and lie of fetus was Longitudinal with cephalic, Fetal heart sounds were well appreciated, and Uterus was relaxed. On Per Speculum examination, Cervix & Vagina was Healthy. On Per Vaginal examination, the cervical os was closed. No signs of external trauma were seen.

Patient intubated in view of poor GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale), Urgent MRI brain was done, which was s/o a Subdural Hematoma on the left fronto-temporo-parietal region as seen in Figure 1. Her Blood investigations were normal with haemoglobin of 12.2gm/dl, total counts of 15,210 and platelets of 2.56lakhs. Her coagulation profile was within normal limits; her prothrombin time was 11.6seconds with a test time of 11.7seconds and INR of 0.99 and aPTT of 27.90 seconds with a test time of 32 seconds.

Liver function test suggested total bilirubin of 0.80mg/dl, direct bilirubin of 0.14mg/dl, SGOT of 22U/L and SGPT of 9U/L. She had normal kidney function with creatinine of 0.49mg/dl. Urgent Neurosurgery opinion was sought, and the decision of emergency Craniectomy was taken. After High-risk consent, the patient shifted to OT.  Craniectomy was done, left temporal bone removed, Dura mater opened, chronic subdural haemorrhage seen, clots removed of weighting around 100grams, and closure done after ensuring haemostasis.

Patient shifted to SICU for further management. In SICU, the patient went into spontaneous labor on post-operative day 5 and delivered vaginally, a male baby of 1.9kg, baby shifted to NICU i/v/o preterm low birth weight. Recovery period was uneventful. Repeat CT Brain Suggested no haemorrhage/clot. Patient recovered well, both mother and baby were discharged on post-operative day 28. Temporal Bone replacement surgery was done after 6 months.

Intra-operative photos, Figure 2 showing the clot seen post-dural flap retraction, Figure 3 showing clots being evacuated, and Figure 4 showing how haemostasis achieved.


Figure 1: MRI brain T2 weighted image.


Figure 2: Opening dura mater, Clots seen.


Figure 3: Clots being removed.


Figure 4: Hemostasis achieved.

3. Discussion

Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, physiological changes peculiar to pregnancy, are major causes of intracranial haemorrhage during pregnancy and in the puerperium [5, 6] HELLP syndrome is the combination of haemolysis (H), elevated liver enzymes (EL),and low platelet count (LP). Cases of spontaneous intracranial haemorrhage with or without HELLP syndrome, thrombotic microangiopathy, or thrombocytopenia are reported in the literature. The most recent report on enquiries into maternal death in the United Kingdom showed that the majority of women with preeclampsia died from intracranial haemorrhage [7]. Some cases of preeclampsia with subdural haemorrhage and how they presented are stated below according to the literature.

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Table 1: Similar cases found in previous case studies.

4. Conclusion

Subdural Hematoma is a complication of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia although it is rare but can happen anytime without the presence of HELLP Syndrome/ thrombocytopenia or any other coagulation abnormality. It may be because of stretching and tearing of bridging veins between the cortex and dural venous sinuses. Chronic subdural hematoma is extremely uncommon in Pregnancy. Intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) is a deadly complication, if it occurs in pregnancy and both the mother and fetus get compromised. Moreover can lead to lifelong morbidity, so prompt and accurate identification of signs and symptoms and early intervention with a multidisciplinary approach can prevent maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Urgent neurosurgical conditions usually outweigh obstetric considerations and the treatment of ICH is generally the same as nonpregnant women. Effective decision making demands thorough knowledge, thus multidisciplinary obstetric disaster preparedness is essential for all institutions.


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