The case of an 11-year-old boy is presented who suffered a bicycle accident with a parasagittal skull fracture, a small vertex epidural hematoma, frontal contusions and a frontal subgaleal hematoma. Enlargement of the vertex epidural hematoma was diagnosed after development of a slight paraparesis on day 11 with the aid of MRI. Three percutaneous needle aspirations of the subgaleal hematoma with a total of 59 ml being evacuated led to quick recovery and disappearance of the subgaleal as well as the vertex epidural hematoma. It is speculated that both hematomas communicated via the skull fracture thus making the evacuation of the epidural hematoma by subgaleal punctures possible.

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