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by Shane Stokes
April 26, 2018
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Struck down by unusual symptoms last week, an urgent scan revealed a brain clot and led to an emergency scan for Bernhard Eisel. The Austrian, who is one of Mark Cavendish’s most valued friends and teammates, had crashed back in March in Tirreno-Adriatico. He had a CAT scan after that fall but there was no sign of an intracranial bleed.
However he had a chronic subdural haematoma, a slow bleed in the dura mater, the protective area around the brain. “Bernie thought he was suffering from severe allergies late last week and was struggling to train,” said Team Dimension Data. “Upon a follow up consult by our medical team, Bernie revealed that his symptoms included a severe headache.
“An urgent MRI scan of the brain was ordered in light of his recent trauma, revealing the haematoma. Surgery was required to evacuate the collection, releasing the pressure.” This was carried out on Monday at the Maria Hilf Private Clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Eisel said that he wasn’t sure when he will be back on his bike. “Firstly, I want to get healthy, take my time and if the doctors give me the go ahead I will consider when is best to return on my bike. I still enjoy riding my bike but this was a massive thing that happened to my body. If you have an operation on your brain it certainly makes you think twice about things but at the moment I will just follow the recommendations of our team doctors. At the moment I am feeling good and looking forward to leaving the hospital and spending some time with family.”
The team said that he should be able to do light exercise on the indoor trainer in two weeks and, hopefully, a return to full outdoor training in four weeks. This will depend on a follow-up MRI.