Subdural haematomas: The deadly brain swelling that is killing boxers

Hugo Santillan's death comes just two days after the tragic passing of Maxim Dadashev who suffered a subdural haematoma during a fight in Maryland, USA.

Subdural haematomas: The deadly brain swelling that is killing boxers
Hugo Santillan

Hugo Santillan's death comes just two days after the tragic passing of  Maxim Dadashev who suffered a subdural haematoma during a fight in Maryland, USA.

Dadashev was pronounced dead Tuesday after suffering a subdural haematoma following his fight on Friday last week.

A subdural haematoma is a condition where a blood vessel located between the skull and brain - in the subdural space - breaks, causing blood to pool there. It is usually the result of a traumatic head injury.

Because the blood is trapped by the skull it exerts pressure on the brain, causing brain damage.

Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, vomiting and loss of consciousness.

Immediate surgery is required to treat the condition - with holes drilled into the skull to drain the bleed, or a section of the skull removed to relieve the pressure.

Even in cases where the patient survives the initial bleed, recovery can take years, and patients are often left with physical or mental disabilities.

An Argentinian boxer has died today after a fight on Saturday, marking the sport's second tragedy this week.

The 23-year-old super lightweight Hugo Santillan died from injuries suffered during a 10-round bout with Uruguayan champion Eduardo Javier Abreu which ended in a draw in San Nicolas, Argentina.

He collapsed as he raised his arms in celebration at the final bell, and was treated for a brain clot as well as suffering two heart attacks and kidney failure.

It comes just two days after the death of Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev who suffered a subdural haematoma during a fight in Maryland, USA.