Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Epidural hemotoma example
Tragedies such as the accidental death of actress Natasha Richardson can be opportunities for teaching and learning.
Apparently, what seemed like a minor fall during a skiing lesson in Canada caused epidural bleeding that eventually resulted in the tragic death of a beloved celebrity. While it is fresh in everyone's mind, we have an excellent opportunity to teach and learn about the anatomy of the brain and meninges . . . and apply it to "real" life and death.
This story may also be an interesting basis for a case study to discuss in class or use on a test or exam.
The news report on NBC Nightly News (in the player below) includes a graphic explanation of the problem.
Additional resources given below may also be useful in discussing the subject in class.
The Nightly News report:
Also from MSNBC, this one focused on the anatomical/medical aspects of the tragedy (a bit more detailed than the previous clip):
Here's a clip that shows some interesting medical images of epidural hemotoma:
Here are some links to images that you can use to teach this information:
Diagram of skull and meninges
(FREE from Gray's Anatomy)
Epidural hematoma seen in CT scan
Diagram of epidural hematoma
(links to other medical photos also)
[NOTE: Please check copyright permissions if you plan to import and use any of these images or other rescources]