Can You Detect Talk and Die Syndrome in Time?

Epidural hematomas are dangerous because of the lack of symptoms as pressure builds in the brain. However, some victims may notice signs of something amiss after the incident, such as headache, dizziness, sensitivity to light or sound, confusion, disorientation, fatigue, or mood changes. If you notice anything wrong after falling and bumping your head, take it seriously. Go to the hospital for a CT scan, which will show signs of epidural hematoma even in its earliest stages.

Most of the time, however, talk and die syndrome doesn’t show any signs of injury. Victims may talk, laugh, walk, drive, and act completely normal until the pressure builds too much and impacts the brain. Most victims with undiagnosed epidural hematomas die just hours later. Lack of blood flow to the brain kills brain cells and eventually causes brain death. The best way to detect and treat talk and die syndrome before it’s fatal is to visit a hospital immediately after any type of accident involving the head – a sports accident, car crash, slip and fall, etc.

Any kind of trauma to the head and skull could potentially cause an epidural hematoma if it creates a closed head injury. A closed head injury is one in which the impact doesn’t cause an open wound to the skull. In other words, you cannot see any outward signs of injury. Yet under the surface, the injury may be causing serious problems, such as a buildup of blood from a hemorrhage. Don’t assume your head injury is just a minor bump or a concussion that will heal without treatment. Always seek professional medical opinion to diagnose your head injury after any kind of accident. Insist that the doctor do a CT scan to check for talk and die syndrome.

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Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.