A Motion Simulator Ride Associated with Headache and Subdural Hematoma: First Case Report

Robert A. Scranton, Randolph W. Evans, David S. Baskin

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We report the first case report of symptomatic bilateral subdural hematomas (SDH) associated with riding a centrifugal motion simulator ride. A previously healthy 55-year-old male developed new onset daily headaches 1 week after going on the ride that were due to symptomatic bilateral SDH requiring operative intervention with a full recovery. There was no history of other trauma or other systemic or intracranial abnormality to account for the development of the SDH. We review the headaches and other clinical features associated with chronic SDH. Twelve cases of roller coaster headaches due to SDH associated with riding roller coasters have been reported. The pathophysiology is reviewed, which we believe is the same mechanism that may be responsible in this case. Although it is possible that this neurovascular injury is truly rare, it is also possible that this injury is underreported as patients and physicians may not make the association or physicians have not reported additional cases. The risk of this injury likely increases with age, as the size of the subdural space increases, and may support the maxim that "roller coasters and simulators are for kids."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • headache
  • motion simulator
  • roller coaster
  • subdural hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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