Are Heavy Metal Fans at Risk for Brain Injury?
the MPR take:
While headbanging to heavy metal music is considered to be relatively harmless, a man recently developed right-sided chronic subdural hematoma after engaging in the activity at a Motörhead concert. The patient, a 50-year-old man with no history of head trauma or substance abuse, developed a worsening headache and was diagnosed with chronic subdural hematoma. A burr hole evacuation of the hematoma was performed followed by closed system subdural drainage for six days post-surgery. A follow-up CT showed an arachnoidal cyst near the blood clot that likely made his brain more susceptible to subdural hematoma. While the authors acknowledge that this case “serves as evidence in support of Motörhead's reputation as one of the most hardcore rock'n'roll acts on earth,” they also note that excessive headbanging could lead to a medical malady.
German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motorhead concert. A brain-injury charity said the case was "very unusual". Writing in the Lancet, Dr Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian and colleagues from Hannover Medical ...
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