Brain Bleed Pittsburgh Attorney | Pennsylvania Brain Aneurysm Lawyers
Posted on May 06, 2009
Up to 60% of the patients that seek medical attention are misdiagnosed and later suffer a larger hemorrhage. Many of these patients will go to the emergency room complaining of headache. If the sentinel leak is diagnosed and treated promptly, the patient will suffer no injuries. If, however, the leak is misdiagnosed and a more serious bleed occurs, the patient likely will suffer brain damage resulting in paralysis, loss of vision, or death.
The doctors' failure to diagnose a ruptured brain aneurysm or bleeding around the brain may be due to the doctors' failure to obtain an adequate history; to perform a thorough neurologic exam; or to understand the significance of the findings on physical exam. Also, many times the doctor does not order, obtain or accurately interpret tests that would show the rupture and/or bleed.
In this article, the authors discuss the risk factors for a ruptured brain aneurysm including more women than men; more blacks than whites; age; family history; and pregnancy. Also, smoking, hypertension, heavy alcohol use and cocaine use are risks for a ruptured aneurysm.
Once the differential diagnosis includes subarachnoid hemorrhage, a CT scan of the head should be done. If the CT scan is normal or inconclusive, a lumbar puncture should be performed to look for blood in the cerebrospinal fluid. Once the diagnosis of bleed is made, cerebral angiography should be done to identity the location of the source of the bleeding. Definitive treatment is done by surgical placement of a clip across the aneurysm to prevent rupture or, less invasively, placement of coil in the aneurysm via a catheter.
For free information about aneurysms and bleeds in the brain, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Pittsburgh, PA, working for injured persons in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Erie, and Washington.
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