A hemorrhage is bleeding in your brain and is a medical emergency. If a blood vessel bursts within your brain, blood can leak inside it. If the blood vessel bursts outside your brain, the bleeding occurs on the brain’s surface. Both conditions are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention.
Brain hemorrhages are associated with a hemorrhagic stroke or trauma, such as a blow to the head in an accident or a sports injury. Brain hemorrhages can be fatal.
A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding around the surface of the brain. It is sometimes caused by a burst brain aneurysm and is a type of stroke. Most of the time, a subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs because of an injury or severe trauma to the head. Symptoms include a sudden headache, nausea and vomiting, or even the sudden onset of a coma. Certain health conditions and medications such as blood thinners can contribute to a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
An intracranial hemorrhage is a type of acute bleeding that occurs inside your skull or brain. A subdural hemorrhage is a type of intracranial bleeding that refers to a collection of blood on the surface of your brain. This is typically the result of your head moving rapidly forward and backward and then stopping abruptly, as in a car accident.
The collection of blood on your brain is called a subdural hematoma, and it’s one of the more common types of brain hemorrhages. Sometimes it occurs in older men and women or individuals suffering from the effects of alcoholism.
Any type of brain hemorrhage requires immediate medical attention by a neurosurgery expert. Dr. Jeffrey Farkas and all of the doctors at Interventional Neuro Associates are highly skilled in performing the latest treatments and technologies so people have the best chance of a positive outcome. Depending on where the bleeding is, the medical team will determine the best course of action.
Depending on the severity, people with a brain hemorrhage may need surgery to alleviate swelling and stop the bleeding. Additionally, Dr. Farkas and his colleagues may give appropriate medications to control seizures and minimize pain, or perform coiling or stenting. It is possible to recover from a brain hemorrhage, so the sooner you receive treatment, the better.
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