Background: Outcomes for elderly patients undergoing craniotomy for evacuation of subdural hematoma (SDH) have been reported to be poor with high mortality rates. Case Description: We present the case of a patient who underwent craniotomies at the age of 102 years, and again at the age of 103 years, for acute SDHs with good recovery to her premorbid neurologic condition. A 102-year-old woman presented after falling to the floor, and underwent a left-sided craniotomy for evacuation of a large, left hemispheric acute SDH. She recovered from that event and returned home. Six months later, she presented after falling again and was found to have a large, right hemispheric acute SDH. A right-sided craniotomy was performed and again she made good recovery with return to her neurologic baseline. Conclusion: We report this unique case of good recovery after 2 separate craniotomies for acute SDH in a patient older than 100 years. Implications of acute SDH in the elderly are discussed, as relevant to this case, with a review of the literature. Although the morbidity and mortality of acute SDH are high, particularly in elderly patients, there is potential for good recovery and excellent outcome in appropriately selected patients.
- Subdural hematoma