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How does bleeding on the brain happen after a fall?

How does bleeding on the brain happen after a fall?

Multiple ways: During the fall, if the brain is thrust against the boney skull, it can be injured producing a small hemorrhage. A second mechanism, the bridging veins between the dura and the brain are torn producing a subdural hematoma. With lateral skull fracture, the middle meningeal artery can be torn producing an epidural hematoma. With violent falls, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhages due to arterial tears.

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Cause of death: subdural haematoma, fall exasperated by anticoagulants. Father fell - brain bleeding caused brain squashing = death Explain please?

Cause of death: subdural haematoma, fall exasperated by anticoagulants. Father fell - brain bleeding caused brain squashing = death Explain please?

It pushes on brain: A subdural hematoma, as a result of a head injury, is a collection of blood between the covering of the brain and the surface of the brain. The bleeding after an injury fills the brain area very rapidly, compressing the brain with the pressure from the enlarging glob of blood (the hematoma). Our brains do not tolerate compression, which stops some of the normal brain functions, and then we die.

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How can I tell if my 2 month baby has brain damage from a recent fall and concussion with subdural bleeding. He acts normal, eats well, cooing etc?

How can I tell if my 2 month baby has brain damage from a recent fall and concussion with subdural bleeding. He acts normal, eats well, cooing etc?

Would have symptoms: If your infant has a concussion, symptoms would include altered alertness and responsiveness, a bulging fontanel, decreased eating, vomiting and excessive sleeping.

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Can a bleed in the brain develop days after injury from fall?

Can a bleed in the brain develop days after injury from fall?

Yes: Sub-acute bleeding by definition is bleeding that occurs 3 -21 days after the injury or fall. I do not know the frequency of these types of bleeds but they do occur. Thus, after any head injury, even if rhe acute ct or MRI scan is negative, the patient needs to be watched for a few weeks afterward by family and friends and follow up with their primary doctor for rechecks.

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Bad fall 4+ wks ago. Brain bleed, both sides, brain off center, on CT 3 weeks after fall. Steriods given, not worse but not better. Next step? Meds?

Bad fall 4+ wks ago. Brain bleed, both sides, brain off center, on CT 3 weeks after fall. Steriods given, not worse but not better. Next step? Meds?

Neurosurgery: Has a neurosurgeon seen the patient? Your description sounds that of a subdural hematoma. Based on the cause and the patient risk NS can intervene. Steroid use is puzzling.

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Bad fall, brain bleed. In hospital. Dr put on Decadron (dexamethasone) and Seraquel. Low BP because of seraquel. Would this cause buzzing sound in head? Pain in head?

Bad fall, brain bleed. In hospital. Dr put on Decadron (dexamethasone) and Seraquel. Low BP because of seraquel. Would this cause buzzing sound in head? Pain in head?

Is that you?: Or asking on someone else's behalf? After a fall several strange symptoms would start to appear, in the hospital frequent exams would be done to assess status, Decadron (dexamethasone) is given to help shrink swollen tissues in the head after trauma or surgery, let it take its course, trust the treating team,

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Dr say 5-10% chance of brain bleed from blood thinner meds is high risk? Mom has blood clots from fall in brain and DVT 1 dr says meds, 1, 1 not sure

Dr say 5-10% chance of brain bleed from blood thinner meds is high risk? Mom has blood clots from fall in brain and DVT 1 dr says meds, 1, 1 not sure

Filter: It does appear that anticoagulant therapy would be risky in this situation. An alternative is to insert an IVC filter to prevent the blood clot from traveling from the leg to the lungs. Of course the attending physicians, who know all the findings, are best qualified to give advice in this case.

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Which is it called when there's bleeding on the brain?

Which is it called when there's bleeding on the brain?

Hemorrhage: Several types: intraparenchymal, epidural, sub dural, and subarachnoid. These can be caused either by trauma (most common) or can be spontaneous. Treatment varies depending on location, type, and etiology.

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What are brain contusions? How severe are they? What effects can they have on a person? I had bleeding on the brain and two contusions from an mva.

What are brain contusions? How severe are they? What effects can they have on a person? I had bleeding on the brain and two contusions from an mva.

Traumatic injury: A contusion is a bruise so these can range from mild to very severe, depending on the type of injury and the location. They can lead to long-term brain damage if they are not treated appropriately, specifically reducing any pressure inside the head and locating and stopping any associated bleeds.

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Could a baby get a fraxtured skull and swelling/bleeding on the brain from falling off a bed?

Could a baby get a fraxtured skull and swelling/bleeding on the brain from falling off a bed?

Yes: Most infant skull fractures in the us are unfortunately due to either child abuse or road traffic accidents. But yes, falling from a bed onto a hard surface can cause what you describe.

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My husband is in ticu after falling off a ladder and hit his head on concrete. He has some bleeding on the brain. When neurosurgeon comes in what questions should I ask?

My husband is in ticu after falling off a ladder and hit his head on concrete. He has some bleeding on the brain. When neurosurgeon comes in what questions should I ask?

Prognosis: A lot depends on what the surgeon recommends. Not all bleeding requires surgery. Much depends on the severity of the bleeding and the condition of the patient. I would start with: How bad is the injury? What are his chances for a good recovery? What can be done to improve the chances? Good luck.

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What metabolic disorders can cause bleeding on the brain and behind the eyes?

What metabolic disorders can cause bleeding on the brain and behind the eyes?

Diabetes: Diabetes is the most common that causes bleeding in the eye. It rarely causes bleeding in the brain. Patients with uncontolled hypertension are more prone to bleeding in the eye and brain-but this is problem occuring together is rare.

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How can I tell if my brain is bleeding?

How can I tell if my brain is bleeding?

Brain Bleed: It is usually acute and cause severe headache, requires immediate medical attention.

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What things predispose someone to bleeding outside of the brain?

What things predispose someone to bleeding outside of the brain?

Epi or subdural blee: By far this is most commonly caused by a blow to the end. The only predisposing factor would be a bleeding or blood clotting problem, such as hemophilia, a patient on blood thinners, frequent Aspirin intake.

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What could cause brain bleeding?

What could cause brain bleeding?

Blood vessel disease: Defects of blood vessels in the brain can result in brain bleeding. The most common is avm, then aneurysms. These can be congenital or acquired. Some bleeding can be caused by high blood pressure. Bleeding disorders including homophilia and sickle cell can cause brain bleeding. Trauma and shaking will result in bleeding over or into the brain. Severe infections may cause bleeding as well.

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What's a level 2 brain bleeding?

Premature?: Premature infants are subject to bleeding into their brains. These bleeds are given grades 1, 2, 3, 4. Grade 2 intraventricular hemorrhage (ivh) is blood into the ventricle but without dilation and without extension into the brain. Grade 3 is major blood throughout the ventricles with dilation. Grade 4 is bleeding into the substance of the brain.

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What are the tests for brain bleeding?

What are the tests for brain bleeding?

Imaging and CSF: Depending on the clinical circumstances, imaging by ct scan or MRI is the usual test for bleeds in the brain. A spinal tap will disclose the bleed if it has reached the cerebrospinal fluid.

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Can you die from bleeding in the brain?

Can you die from bleeding in the brain?

Bleeding in brain: Bleeding in the brain from a ruptured aneurysm, trauma, hypertensiou or intrusion can cause spasm of blood vessels cutting off blood to parts of the brain. It is often associated with brain swelling or an increase in intracranial pressure which can cause pressure on structures that control breathing and heart beat.