Head injury in the elderly

A. Rakier, J. F. Soustiel, J. Gilburd, M. Zaaroor, N. Alkalai, E. Welblum, M. Feinsod

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We report 281 consecutive admissions of head-injured patients over 65 years of age. 2/3 were males, as in younger age groups, despite the decreased activity and increased proportion of females among the elderly. The main causes of injury were falls (71.8%; mostly at home) and pedestrian accidents (20.6%). There was a high incidence of cardiovascular disease among the men. The unique set of causes and types of head injuries in this age group (1/3 chronic subdural hematomas, 1/3 cerebral contusions and 1/5 acute subdural hematomas), as well as the grim outcome, justify regarding head injury in the elderly as a special clinical entity. Its special medical, surgical, organizational and ethical aspects should be considered.

Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)474-477, 528-527
Issue number8
StatePublished - 16 Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes


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