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What Is The Cause Of Blood Clots In The Brain
Many causes.: There are many causes. Atherosclerosis is one. Vascultis can do it also, which has many forms, like polyarteritis nodosa. Hematologic diseases, such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura can cause it, as can drugs, like cocaine. Embolism, and vasoconstriction are other major causes. ...Read more
Artery/Fibrillation: Most strokes are due to clots to the brain. These occur due to clots from the heart in those with atrial fibrillatiion and those with plaque in the carotid arteries. Small clots form, travel up to the brain and occlude small arterioles and thus a small stroke. There are other causes but those are the most common. That is why Coumadin (warfarin) and Aspirin are used in prevention of clot formation. ...Read more
Small strokes: The symptoms from 1-2 mm infarcts or hemorrhages vary from none to temporary disability which clear in a few days. They can cause cumulative damage also if the cause is not found and treated. ...Read more
No, uncommon: Blood clots are uncommon after all surgeries. However, when they do occur they are usually filtered into the lungs and people can die if they are large enough to block enough of the lung. However, the risks of this are small, but how small depends on the surgery and how it is performed. For more information see your physician. In addition, there are many other risk factors to discuss with your md. ...Read more
Stroke: What is commonly referred as blood clots may represent two (totally different) serious categories: hemorrhage or ischemia. In hemorrhage the blood leaks out of the blood vessels and accumulates inside the brain or between the brain and the skull. In ischemia the blood flow is interrupted blocking the oxygen supply to the brain. The brain damage resulting from either ranges from mild to fatal. ...Read more
Location matters: Strokes can cause a great variety of symptoms. They certainly can cause death or disability, from mild to severe in nature. Your neurologist or family doctor can discuss the exact nature of a particular case. ...Read more
Based on situation: If an aneurysm or ateriovenous malformation has caused problem, surgical repair may be life saving. If a subdural or epidural hemorrhage, best to decompress unless very small and stable. If intracranial bleeding, may be far safer to be conservative, and not operate. But all situations are different and management decisions should vary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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