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Alex Trebek Had Brain Surgery to Treat a Subdural Hematoma. Here's What That Is

Alex Trebek Had Brain Surgery to Treat a Subdural Hematoma. Here's What That Is
From TIME - January 5, 2018

Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek told fans on Thursday hes recovering from brain surgery to correct a slight medical problem he suffered during the shows holiday break: a subdural hematoma, or blood clots on the brain.

The 77-year-old host, who had a mild heart attack in 2012 and a knee replacement in 2015, thanked and reassured the shows fanbase in a video posted to its YouTube page. The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon, he said. And I want to thank all of you for your concern.

Heres what you should know about Trebeks diagnosis.

What is a subdural hematoma?

A subdural hematoma is a pooling of blood between the durathe sturdy, protective layer of tissue encasing the brainand the surface of the brain itself, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Subdural hematomas happen when blood vessels, often veins, burst in this area, forming a collection of blood that presses on the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What causes a subdural hematoma?

What are the symptoms of a subdural hematoma?

How serious is a subdural hematoma?

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