Do you know Alex Trebek? He is a famous anchor of ‘Longtime Jeopardy’ show. However, the 77-year-old recently revealed to his fans that he suffered brain problem, but doctors assured him that he is perfect and his prognosis is healthy.
Alex made the announcement last week on his Youtube channel that he just concluded a medical procedure carried out on him due to a brain problem he suffered which was caused by a subdural hematoma. This condition makes the brain undergo clotting of the blood. Alex got this crisis when he was on vacation for the festive season.
This health challenge would not be the first crisis he would experience. In 2012, he suffered a slight heart problem. In 2015, he was taken to the theatre because of his bad knee, and the successful surgery got him a new knee. He shared the video of himself and allayed his followers’ fears that he might still be sick. He said his physician had already conducted series of thorough tests and assured him that all is well with his prognosis. He eagerly expressed his optimism that he will be back soon to continue recording episodes of the show. Alex didn’t forget to thank his fans for their loving care.
The term ‘subdural hematoma’ sounds very strange because it is rare. However, Alex is not the only victim of this disease; anyone can be affected by it. Knowing more about it will be a good advantage.
The U.S National Library of Medicine described subdural hematoma as a situation whereby blood gathers to form a puddle between the solid guiding coverings of tissue that padded the brain called ‘dura’ and outer part of the brain. Corroborating this definition is Mayo Health center which explains that subdural hematoma occurs only when the veins that transport blood got punctured suddenly in the process of their duty and as a result, the leaked blood will put pressure on the brain.
In other words, this condition occurs when blood collection is located in the innermost part of the dura, but outside the brain and arachnoid. Many causes are responsible for subdural hematoma
In some cases such as the one relating to Alex, says the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the category of this blood-leaking incidence in the brain is by chance. Some other common causes of subdural hematoma are triggered by wounds on the head brought about after the victim might have experienced a terrible head crash due to an accident of any kind. Aged people with mild head issues can also be affected.
In the case Alex, he had a terrible fall some months back. He made this confession on his social media platforms while addressing his fans. He kept the hostility level of his own subdural hematoma from his fans, and he did not disclose the medical procedures that were used for him.
How to identify the signs and symptoms of a subdural hematoma?
The manifestation of the symptoms usually take some time to unfold, maybe a number of weeks or months, but occasionally, depending on the victim, the symptoms don’t delay in showing up. Three stages of subdural hematomas have been identified, acute, subacute and chronic.
Acute stage is highly compacted at the initial stage of emergence, and it grows rapidly within three days. Subacute subdural hematoma breaks out between 3 days to one week of the head crash. The chronic stage takes a longer time to manifest, often within weeks and this phase has low compression. Mayo Health center listed some of the symptoms associated with subdural hematoma; it may be nausea, occasional fainting, headache, sluggishness, vertigo, anxiety, restlessness, contrasting sizes of the pupil and incoherent way of speaking.
The big concern is how to measure the level of danger a subdural hematoma weighs, i.e., the size.
A subdural hematoma is naturally severe, explains the U.S National Library of Medicine. However, the prognosis of the patient will be determined by many determinants, such as the austerity of the hemorrhaging, the weight of the bleeding and the prompt response of medical intervention. One of the ways to treat subdural hematoma is to bore holes into the skull to create a free passage for the blood to flow and reduce the load in the brain region. However, certain subdural hematoma will need more rigorous surgical measures.