November 6, 2021
What is an Intracerebral Hemorrhage?
You may be wondering why you would need a lawyer for an intracerebral hemorrhage. Maybe wondering what that even is. A lawyer is needed when this type of brain bleed happens due to someone’s negligence, most often a medical professional who didn’t catch the symptoms in time. This type of brain bleed can lead to permanent brain damage or even death if not treated in time.
Let’s start with what this type of brain bleed is.
“Intra” means within. The cerebral part of the name means your brain. The hemorrhage part is bleeding. So when you see this it just is the medical way of saying that there is bleeding inside your brain. This is a very dangerous thing as when you have blood inside your brain flowing freely that means there is damage. When this happens by anything other than an injury it is considered a type of stroke. Here are some quick facts:
- This type of hemorrhage happens when a blood vessel bursts in your brain
- The typical cause is high blood pressure
- The first symptom is normally a headache
- You can become confused or go into a coma
- Doctors will treat the problems that caused your bleeding first
Intracerebral hemorrhages are caused by a blood vessel bursting in your brain. Which is most likely to happen because of high blood pressure. Because high blood pressure weakens your blood vessels it is important that your doctor find ways to help. Now there are other cases as to why a hemorrhage would happen, cocaine use, being born with abnormal blood vessels in your brain, severe head injury, brain tumors, or using too much blood-thinning medicine.
Symptoms of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
When an intracerebral hemorrhage happens the symptoms normally come on suddenly. It typically starts with a bad headache, most people mistake it for a migraine, while being active. Older people may not have a headache or if they do it is often mild. Here are other common symptoms:
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Trouble speaking
- Feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up
- Passing out
These symptoms come on fairly quickly. It is why it is considered a type of stroke. This type of bleeding is so serious that about half of the people who have it die in the first few days. Most survivors have long-lasting brain damage.
Not every patient is going to show the classic signs and symptoms though. That is why it can go unnoticed and be left untreated. If the proper tests aren’t administered, like a CT scan, the bleeding can go without being noticed. Often this type of bleeding is fatal if not treated correctly.