Spontaneous parenchymal cerebral hemorrhage
Intracerebral hemorrhage can cause neurological deficit
due to the pressure of the escaping blood on the surrounding tissue.
Intracerebral Hemorrhage (brain hemorrhage) is an important
cause of stroke, especially in Asians and blacks. Hypertension, trauma,
and cerebral amyloid angiopathy cause the majority of these hemorrhages.
Hypertensive parenchymal hemorrhage (hypertensive
hemorrhage or hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage) usually results from
spontaneous rupture of a small penetrating artery deep in the brain. The
most common sites are the basal ganglia (putamen, thalamus, and adjacent
deep white matter), deep cerebellum, and pons.
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy is a disease of the elderly
in which arteriolar degeneration occurs and amyloid is deposited in the
walls of the cerebral arteries but not elsewhere. Amyloid angiopathy causes
both single and recurrent lobar hemorrhages and is probably the most common
cause of lobar hemorrhage in the elderly.
Cocaine-induced stroke is an important cause of stroke,
particularly in patients<40.
Head injury often causes intracranial bleeding. The common sites
are intracerebral (especially temporal and inferior frontal lobes) and into
the subarachnoid, subdural, and epidural spaces.
Intracranial hemorrhages associated with anticoagulant
therapy can occur at any location; they are often lobar or subdural.
Hemorrhage into a brain tumor may be the first manifestation of neoplasm.
Hypertensive encephalopathy is a complication of malignant
Primary intraventricular hemorrhage is rare.
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The expanded volume increases intracranial pressure and
puts pressure directly on cerebral cells and vessels. The formation of a
clot further increase the pressure, decreasing the blood supply and oxygen
content available to cerebral tissue leading to cellular anoxia and cell
death. Precipitating factors include vascular malformations, aneurysm, trauma,
hypertension and clotting disorders.
Types of intracerebral hemorrage
1. Subarachnoid hemorrhage (around the brain):
Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) may be due to aneurysm rupture
(most common), vascular malformation, brain tumors or blood dyscrasias.
Symptoms include sudden onset of the "worst headache in
life", nuchal rigidity, photophobia, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and decreasing
level of consciousness. Many of the symptoms are similar to meningitis and
these two conditions must be differentiated. CSF is contains excess blood.
2. Intracerebral (in the brain substance):
Intercerebral hemorrhage refers to bleeding within the brain
Symptoms develop suddenly with gradual worsening - decreasing
level of consciousness, nuchal (neck) rigidity, photophobia, motor-sensory
deficit of face, arms and legs.
A CAT scan can easily diagnose the condition.
Is mainly symptomatic as well as treatment of the underlying condition.
Hypertension shoudl be treated to high normal blood pressure levels.
Dehydrating measures are used to decrease brain edema.
If the CAT scan shows that the cerebellar hemorrhage is compressing the
brain stem or causing hydrcephalus then surgical interventions which include
lateral ventricle decompression, clot removal or posterior fossa decompression
* the outcome of lobar hemorrhage is better than the others as the blood
dissects between tissue rather than destroying it.