So what exactly is herniation?
Herniation is when a portion of the brain
displaces from one compartment to another
and it?s caused by adjacent mass effect.
This can actually result in death so it?s important to recognize this finding.
Subfalcine herniation occurs when the brain parenchyma and lateral ventricle
are displaced under the falx and cross the midline.
Transtentorial herniation occurs when the temporal lobe displaces downward
through the tentorium and then tonsillar herniation occurs
when the cerebellum displaces downward through the foramen magnum.
So let?s talk a little bit about coup and contracoup injuries.
A coup injury occurs at the point of impact when a patient has a traumatic injury.
This can result in hemorrhage due to shearing of the blood vessels.
A contracoup injury is injury that occurs at the side opposite the side of impact
and this can result in hemorrhage due to impact of the brain parenchyma
against the skull. This can occur together or they can occur alone.
Diffuse axonal injury is another type of injury that?s caused by trauma.
It?s caused by acceleration/deceleration which can result in stretching of the axons.
This can be hemorrhagic or it can be non-hemorrhagic
and the hemorrhagic one actually results in multiple small microbleeds.
This has a very poor prognosis.
This can actually be very difficult to see on CT so MRI is the study of choice
when a DAI is suspected. You can see multiple punctuate dark areas
on iron specific sequences that are T1 and T2 bright.
You can often see microhemorrhages that are found within the corpus callosum.
So let?s take a look at this case.
What do you think this represents?
This is a type of hemorrhage.
What kind of hemorrhage is this and how would you describe it?
This is an intracerebral hematoma.
We have a left frontal and temporal hematoma
that has surrounding vasogenic edema
which you can see here, the areas of low density.
There?s actually been a craniotomy right here
to relieve the pressure within the brain.
There still is persistent, mild, subfalcine herniation or midline shift to the right.
So in this lecture we?ve gone over some common causes of brain hemorrhage
and we?ve learned how to differentiate
between the different types of hemorrhage that you might encounter.