A brain bleed, or intracranial hemorrhage, is a serious injury that increases your risk of brain damage and death. At Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine in Birmingham, Alabama, the board-certified neurosurgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating various types of intracranial hemorrhage, including subdural and epidural hematomas and intracerebral hemorrhages. Call the office to request an intracranial hemorrhage consultation today, or make an appointment online.
An intracranial hemorrhage refers to bleeding in your brain. Sometimes, it’s due to an injury or trauma; other times, it’s because of an underlying health problem, like a stroke.
Intracranial hemorrhages are life-threatening emergencies. Call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room immediately if you suspect a brain bleed.
Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine treats several types of intracranial hemorrhages, including:
An epidural hemorrhage refers to bleeding between your skull bone and the outermost layer of your brain, called the dura mater.
A subdural hemorrhage refers to bleeding between the dura mater (the outer layer of your brain) and the arachnoid membrane (the layer just beneath).
An intracerebral hemorrhage refers to bleeding in the lobes, pons, or cerebellum of the brain.
Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds) occur for various reasons, including:
Lifestyle factors can increase the risk of intracranial hemorrhages, including drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking, and using drugs like cocaine.
Your Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine provider reviews your health charts, asks about your symptoms, and completes a neurological exam. They then order diagnostic imaging, like CT scans or MRIs, to identify the location and severity of the brain bleed.
If these steps don’t provide enough insight into your condition, your provider orders additional tests, such as a complete vascular study or spinal tap.
Intracranial hemorrhages are medical emergencies that require immediate treatment. Often, the best way to prevent severe complications is with surgery. That’s especially true if the brain bleed is because of an aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation.
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If you suffer a stroke or another severe injury, you may need to enroll in physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
Call Alabama Neurological Surgery & Spine to learn more about the treatment of intracranial hemorrhages today, or make an appointment online.