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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)

Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a condition in which there is bleeding into the space between the two thin coverings immediately surrounding the brain. A bleeding disorder or a head injury can cause subarachnoid hemorrhage, or its cause may be unknown. It begins suddenly as a very severe headache before other symptoms such as drowsiness ...Read more


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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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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

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