Head Injury, Intracerebral Hematoma
Bleeding (hemorrhage) that causes blood to collect and partially clot (hematoma) inside the brain. The use of CAT scans has shown that this condition occurs more frequently than physicians previously thought.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED
CausesSevere blow to the head.
Signs & Symptoms
The following symptoms usually develop within 1 to 96 hours after a head injury:
Follow your doctor's instructions. Instructions are supplemental.
Surgery is the only treatment for an intracerebral hemorrhage and hematoma. Under local or light general anesthesia, small holes are bored through the skull. The blood clot (which looks like currant jelly) is removed manually or by suction. After surgery, symptoms usually improve rapidly.
Your doctor may prescribe:
During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.
Wear a protective helmet for any activity at risk for a head injury.
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