Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 122, Issue 1–2, pp 39–44 | Cite as

Management of 50 spontaneous cerebellar haemorrhages

Importance of obstructive hydrocephalus
  • J. J. M. Mezzadri
  • J. M. Otero
  • C. A. Ottino
Clinical Articles


The records of 50 cerebellar haemorrhages were reviewed retrospectively. In this series the most important factor for clinical development, management and mortality was the presence of obstructive hydrocephalus (p<0.01). Slowly progressive (type 1) and abruptly developing (type 2) deterioration of consciousness was significantly related to high mortality; this holds also true for the combination of hydrocephalus with an haematoma diameter > 3 cm. Larger haematomas had a higher mortality but this relation, analyzed alone, did not reach statistical significance (p>0.05). In cases with hydrocephalus mortality could significantly be reduced by surgical evacuation of the haematoma (p<0.01). The treatment of cerebellar haemorrhages must be directed at resolving obstructive hydrocephalus.


Cerebellar haemorrhage computerized tomography obstructive hydrocephalus managament outcome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. M. Mezzadri
    • 1
  • J. M. Otero
    • 1
  • C. A. Ottino
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Neurosurgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital “José de San Martín”, University of Buenos Aires, School of MedicineBuenos AiresArgentina

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