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Is subarachnoid hemorrhage always a very serious problem?

Is subarachnoid hemorrhage always a very serious problem?

Yes: It can be, so we never take a chance and look for aneurism by doing an angiogram on everybody with subarachnoid. Bleed. The most common cause is actually head trauma, which has a better prognosis and requires less aggressive workup.. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (Definition)

A condition in which there is bleeding into the space between the two thin coverings immediately surrounding the brain. It can be caused by a bleeding disorder or a head injury. It begins suddenly as a severe headache before other symptoms such as drowsiness ...Read more


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What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Dangerous hemorrhage: Subaracnoid hemorrhages usually occur from rupture of aneurysms. Aneurysms are caused by defects in the vessel wall producing outpouching of the wall. With rupture of the aneuysm, patients complain of the worst headache of their life. The headache can rapidly progress to include altered consciousness, weakness or unresponsiveness. A percentage of patients never survive to reach medical care. ...Read more

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What can cause subarachnoid hemorrhage?

What can cause subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Head trauma: Head trauma is the most common cause, although cerebral aneurism is the most common cause of spontaneous sah. Formal cerebral angiogram in my opinion is still the gold standard for diagnosing aneurism. ...Read more

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What are the tests for subarachnoid hemorrhage?

What are the tests for subarachnoid hemorrhage?

CT, LP: Start with the clinical symptoms which are usually headache. The classic symptom is the "worst headache" of one's life. Cat scans are very good for demonstrating acute blood in the subarachnoid spaces at the base of the skull. Spinal taps can also be done to demonstrate the blood in the cerebral spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Could people recover from subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Could people recover from subarachnoid hemorrhage?

SAH Recovery: Sah patients may recover and it is based on many clinical and imaging factors. The treating physician will be the best person to assess the individual's prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of having a second subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Etiology dependent: This depends on the cause of your first subarachnoid hemorrhage. If it was aneurysmal, and the aneurysm was clipped or coiled and there are no others--then unlikely. This assumes you manage your blood pressure and there are no genetic risk factors. If it was traumatic and you suffer no further trauma-- unlikely. There are occasional subarachnoid hemorrhages where no cause is found. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Bleed around brain: When blood is seen in the subarachnoid space surrounding the brain, it is termed a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Blood in this area is most commonly seen on CT or MRI imaging of the head. The biggest concern would be the possibility of bleeding due to an aneurysm, although blood due to trauma is more common. In some cases where SAH is suspected, but not seen on CT scan; a lumbar puncture may detect. ...Read more

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How long can a person live after being treated for Subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Depends!: This depends on the location and size of the hemorrhage, other problems of the patient, whether or not there are complications of the surgery and just plain luck. There are no guarantees in medicine, or in much of anything else, except "death and taxes." Discuss this with the doctor. It is a good idea to have a list of questions written down and take notes of the answers. Take a friend with you ...Read more

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Long-term prognosis for Subarachnoid hemorrhage? Age 50, f, no other significant conditions.

Long-term prognosis for Subarachnoid hemorrhage? Age 50, f, no other significant conditions.

Depends on etiology: Of SAH (subarachnoid hemorrhage). If traumatic, you may have some headaches and loss of memory, difficulty concentration, and balance issues. If from an aneurysm, which is not typical of SAH but can happen, then long term prognosis is poorer due to the probability of other micro-aneurysms causing problems. Close monitoring by a neurologist/ neurosurgeon would be ideal and highly recommended. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Brain bleeding: Subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain. The location of the blood is beneath the arachnoid layer but above the pia layer. The arteries and veins of the brain run between the pia and subarachnoid layers. Trauma or a ruptured aneurysm are the most common causes of subarachnoid hemorrhage. A neurosurgeon can provide answers as to the cause of the bleeding and the prognosis for recovery. ...Read more

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How can you avoid getting a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Difficult: Good control of blood pressure, avoid head injury, be careful with medicine you take without consulting your doctor. Subarachnoid hemorrhage has various causes hence answer to your question depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What home care will be needed during recovery from a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

See long answer: Home care will really depend on how serious the sah was and how much effect it has had on the individual - the home care can range from none to high support with hygiene care to preparing food. The family needs to assess how much care they feel will be needed. ...Read more

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I got a headache when masturbating; could this be a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Vertigo headache: You are having very distressing symptoms. Many possibilities. Time to call your doctor to determine the cause and give you proper treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause photophobia in subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Photophobia SAH: Photophobia in subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs due to irritation of the coverings of the brain (meninges) due to the blood. ...Read more

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My dad has had a subarachnoid hemorrhage and now has vasospasm. What can he expect?

Vasospasm treatment: Treatment of vasopasm generally involves raising the blood pressure and increasing fluid given. He will be placed on medication to cause his blood pressure to increase to help perfuse the areas of the brain affected by the vasospasm. He may have periods where he is more alert and times when he is more sleepy. Generally ICU monitoring is required. ...Read more

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My daughter has intraparenchymal, subdural, and subarachnoid hemorrhage what should I expect?

My daughter has intraparenchymal, subdural, and subarachnoid hemorrhage what should I expect?

SAH: Sorry for your situation. There are number of clinical and imaging factors that are considered before estimating prognosis. Your daughter's physician would be the best person to answer your question. ...Read more

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If pat. Develop subarachnoid hemorrhage is there is need to evaluate 1st degree relative for aneurysms?

If pat. Develop subarachnoid hemorrhage is there is need to evaluate 1st degree relative for aneurysms?

See link: From www. Bafound. Org--"if two or more members of the family are affected with brain aneurysms, then aneurysm screening (with brain mra or brain cta) is usually recommended for at least the first degree relatives over the age of 25 of those affected." not usually recommended for single instance. ...Read more

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Do the arachnoid villi heal after a subarachnoid hemorrhage? Or is hydrocephalus permanent? Or is it unknown?

Points of interest: A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a not uncommon cause of normal pressure hydrocephalus, and has to do with deposition of debris affecting circulation of cerebral spinal fluid. Unfortunately, this is NOT a process which either heals spontaneously or reverses on its own, and a shunt may well be the best answer. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more