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An epidural hematoma may develop subsequent to a traumatic blow to the side of the head that ruptures the middle meningeal artery - this type of hematoma develops relatively quickly.

In contrast, a subdural hematoma can develop when cerebral veins are sheared off the superior sagital sinus wall resulting from major anteroposterior displacement of the brain (e.g. a severe blow to the back of the head). Low pressure blood pools and because the blood accumulates slowly, symptoms of cerebral compression take longer to manifest.
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