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Diagnosing and Treating a Brain Hemorrhage


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8/7/2014
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Although you didn’t think it was necessary, you and your wife went to Christus’ emergency room after you fell off a ladder and banged your skull. You told her you felt fine, but she insisted on coming. So now, after waiting for an hour in the waiting room, you’ve finally had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and are awaiting the results.

As you’re attempting to reassure your wife that the tests will be negative, your doctor comes into the room and tells you that you could possibly have an intracranial bleed and they need to run more tests and possibly prep you for surgery.

Intracranial Bleeding Treatment Options

Although the full recovery of an intracranial hemorrhage depends upon the size of the hematoma, location of the injury, and the amount of blood lost—diagnoses, care, and treatments have truly advanced in the last decade. Radiological scans, precise medication, and advanced surgical options can now take what used to be a 100 percent fatal injury and give you a good chance for survival if diagnosed early.

After a head injury, a hemorrhage can be diagnosed and treated by the following:

  • MRI or CT scans (computerized tomography scans) are used to confirm the bleeding or hemorrhage and the location.
  • Open brain surgery to repair blood vessels.
  • Anticonvulsants to control seizures.
  • Medication to reduce swelling.
  • Painkillers.

If you’ve suffered a head injury, you need to seek medical attention immediately, and request a brain scan or MRI—these tests can help make sure your injuries didn’t affect the brain, or cause hemorrhaging. Time lost can mean brain lost as decreased blood and oxygen flow can immediately cause tissue hypoxia and death of neurons which control brain function. 

Even minor head injuries can have catastrophic effects if they cause bleeding in the brain. Don’t take the risk, have a medical professional assess the damage and then contact us for a free consultation and review of your case. Don’t allow an accident to control the rest of your life—let us help you get the treatment you need and the compensation you deserve.



Category: Brain & Spinal Injury

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