Cerebral Hemorrhage Care by a Team of Neurosurgical Experts
A cerebral hemorrhage is when a blood vessel or artery ruptures in your brain. A type of stroke, it causes bleeding in the surrounding tissues when the rupture occurs which leads to swelling. A cerebral hemorrhage can be life threatening and requires prompt treatment by a neurosurgeon with advanced experience in stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions.
If bleeding persists, hematomas, a solid swelling of clotted blood, can rapidly enlarge, compressing the brain. This increased pressure within the skull can cause serious neurological problems including brain cell damage, life-long complications and disabilities.
Cerebral Hemorrhage Symptoms
High blood pressure is the most common cause of a cerebral hemorrhage and symptoms can be evident immediately. If you have any of the following symptoms, especially if they exhibit unexpectedly, call 911 immediately or go to the closest emergency room.
- Increasing headache
- Drowsiness and progressive loss of consciousness
- Unequal pupil size
- Weak limbs on one side of your body
- Increased blood pressure
Symptoms may show more gradually over a period of weeks, but if any of these symptoms occur, it is critical to see a brain specialist as soon as possible.
Expert Treatment for Cerebral Hemorrhages
With careful review by our neurosurgical specialists at Neurosurgery & Spine Associate, formerly the Brain & Spine Institute, diagnosis and treatment decisions can be made for optimal outcomes. In some cases, a hemorrhage can be closely monitored and will heal over time without surgery. In other cases surgery will be necessary and may include:
- Surgical drainage, in which a hole is made through the skull and suction is used to remove the excess fluid
- Craniotomy, in which a section of skull is opened to remove a large hematoma
Recovery after a brain injury can be prolonged. In adults, most recovery takes place within the first six months after the injury. Children usually recover faster.
Make an Appointment with Our Neurosurgery Specialists
For more information about cerebral hemorrhage diagnosis or treatment by the neurological specialists at Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, please call 678-312-2700. We also offer a convenient online form and our expert staff will contact you.