Trebek, 77, was diagnosed in mid-December with a condition known as subdural hematoma, a complication from hitting his head in a bad fall in October, he said. He underwent surgery the following day.
“He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” the post states, noting that because the show tapes months in advance, its broadcast schedule will be unaffected except for its College Championship, which will now air in April.
Symptoms include slurred speech, headaches
It is a blood clot on the brain’s surface beneath its outer covering, called the dura. It usually results from severe head injuries but can be caused by minor injuries as well and can go unnoticed for days or weeks.
In severe cases, blood could fill the brain “very rapidly” and lead to death. Many older adults, who are more susceptible to such injuries, experience slower, minor bleeding. Other factors that increase risk of developing such clots are taking certain medicines that thin the blood, long-term consumption of alcohol and repeated head injuries.
Slurred speech, headaches, problems with balance or walking and nausea can be signs of subdural hematoma.
Neither Trebek nor the show’s producers said whether Trebek suffered any symptoms before his diagnosis.
Dauer attended the parade but was later taken to a local hospital.