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Brain Bleeding In Premature Babies
Yes: In the early years of CT scans they scanned hundreds of "normal" newborns only to find as many as 3% showed some evidence of a small hemorrhage. This was often attributed to labor & delivery related trauma. It is usually now located by ultrasound through the soft spot to avoid radiation exposure. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
It depends: First, what compartment was the blood in - subarachnoid, subdural, intraparenchymal (in the brain itself), intraventricular? Second, how much blood and what was the cause and what level or care did the child receive? Answers to these predict a range of lt effects from none to seizures to cognitive and/or comportmental abnormalities to hydrocephalus. And any of these issues can range in severity. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Location and degree: Tiny "lacunar" strokes which are pinpoint bleeds due to high blood pressure may go undetected whereas bleeding into the subarachnoid space from trauma, ruptured aneurysm, or congenital malformation may cause intense headache, seizure, coma and death. Depending on amount and location, a variety of stroke syndromes may occur. ...Read more
Be evaluated by Dr.: Not all head injuries are concussions. Not all concussions have brain bleeds. The only way to "see" a brain bleed is to have a ct scan, and this only shows larger bleeds (relatively). Start by getting a physical exam by your doctor. If indicated, he or she may order a ct or if it has been a longer period of time, maybe mri. ...Read more
Not likely: Concussion is often associated with micro bleeds in the brain that do not produce a mass or reach the csf. In fact diagnosis of concussion includes no evidence of bleed. Bleeding in the brain raises the finding to more than concussion. The person suffering the "concussion" is usually not in a position to know if there is bleeding in the brain. ...Read more
He had brain bleeding and now (years later) still can not smell or taste. Is there a surgery that can make that comeback?
Probably not: Although this is really a question for a neurologist, my thoughts are that if you do not have any nasal obstruction or major nasal congestion, the hemorrhage in the brain may have destroyed the olfactory nerve, the nerve of smell in the frontal lobe base. If this is the case, then it is unlikely that anything can be done to restore this function. Lack of smell is accompanied by lack of taste. ...Read more
Something fell on the top of my head 4days ago from 1feet wasn't that heavy but I have anxiety and I'm scared about brain bleeding. Is it possible?
Yes, but: The chances are so vanishingly small that I think you can safely find something else to worry about. ...Read more
Intensive care: Bleeding into the brain is serious. The cause must be found quickly. Emergency surgery may be necessary to save life. Then careful recovery with rehabilitation needs to be planned and initiated. Careful and appropriate medical follow up is very important. ...Read more
Yes: There are many different kinds of brain bleeding and there are guidelines out there for many of them. The american heart/stroke association has guidelines for intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The neurocritical care society also has subarachnoid hemorrhage guidelines. The brain trauma foundation has guidelines for traumatic brain bleeds. Do you have a specific question? ...Read more
Not at all: Progressive intracranial bleeding can cause a diffuse and severe headache associated with nausea and vomiting, and can be very life threatening. A focal constant localized head pain is very uncharacteristic and would more likely represent migraine or other benign conditions. ...Read more
Please ask: As question. I can't help you with just a statement. ...Read more
Last year my husband had brain bleeding after falling backwards. We had planned our usual trips abroad this summer. Who should sign off?
HIs Neurologist: He should see his neurologist before a major trip, but presuming that the bleed has been treated, he should be able to do whatever he wants. ...Read more
Following an accident to my head I suffered from small brain bleeding & edemata. I am feeling okay again but why is it necessary to have anotherCTdone?
I am 60 hours since hitting head, my pupils are still equal and react to light, can I rule out brain bleeding?
No: Loss of pupil reflex is a very late and very serious finding. Assuming a mild trauma (hit on counter etc) the likelihood of intracranial bleed is low. Many studies also have demonstrated that even with significant trauma, in the absence of neurological symptoms, bleed is unlikely. The only way to know for sure is ct. If you have any symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed brain bleeding in my son, I have been a nervous wreck. What does it mean?
Hard to say: Early in the development of CT, I recall a report that up to 3 % of otherwise normal vaginal newborns had small areas of bleed suggested by the study. Today's studies are more accurate and I suspect your doc is describing a more worrisome event. I have patients that grew up to be intellectually normal with minor motor problems & some that did poorly. Treatment in early childhood helps improve outcome ...Read more
Depends on cause:
Brain bleeding can be caused by a variety of conditions. Some are sudden. Such as those from aneurysms, avms or hemorrhagic strokes, and produce severe headaches. Chronic bleeding into a subdural hematoma can cause constant pain. After a bleed, the breakdown products of blood can cause a chemical irritation and produce headaches chronically.
Brain bleeding requires urgent attention. ...Read more
Brain bleeding: This is entirely dependent upon the location of the bleeding and the site of the bleeding. For example, you can have quite a large bleeding in the front of the brain on one side and the only symptom might be headache (or even no symptoms). A very small hemorrhage in certain locations deep in the brain can cause paralysis on one side of the body or even coma. ...Read more
Blood out of bounds: Brain bleeding exists whenever blood is present within the skull outside of the blood vessels (vein, artery, capillary). Blood can be in brain, in CSF spaces including ventricles, subarachnoid, subdural, or epidural. Damage is a function of volume, speed of accumulation and location of brain structures affected. Surgery is often needed. ...Read more
60 year old female had stroke 6 months ago admitted to hospital for frontal brain bleeding prognosis?
More information: More information needed. The prognosis would depend on the findings of the involvement. This is something you need discuss with the physician. ...Read more
My sister had a car accident and suffered from brain bleeding and her left optic nerve was damaged, my question is. Can the optic nerve be repared?
Harvard has been doing new work - I know almost nothing but this site might be a start: http://www. Schepens. Harvard. Edu/news/news/john-sutton-fund-for-optic-nerve-regeneration. Html
Contact them for leads. Best wishes to both of you. ...Read more
I last year had a TBI in a car crash and I have developed this thing that whenever I get hot I begin to itch. How can I fix this. I had brain bleeding?
Details: It's hard to know; more details would be necessary. If the itching is localized (on the scalp, for example) then damage to a nerve in that area could be the cause. If it is generalized itching, then damage to central circuits in the base of the brain of in the brainstem could be the cause. ...Read more