Flashcards in Spontaneous Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Deck (24)
__-__% of strokes are due to subarachnoid hemorrhage
What is the most common cause of subarachnoid hemorrhages?
A spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage result from what 2 things?
- rupture of an arterial saccular (“berry”) aneurysm
- from an arteriovenous malformation
What is it called when small amounts of blood escape the aneurysm a few hours or days before it ruptures?
What are the signs of a warning leak?
Headaches sometimes accompanied by nausea and neck stiffness
Describe symptoms during onset
- sudden headache of a severity never experienced previously by the patient
- nuchal rigidity
Are men or women more at risk for a subarachnoid hemorrhage?
What ethnic group is at higher risk?
What are 3 other predisposing factors for subarachnoid hemorrhage?
- tobacco smoking
high alcohol consumption (>150g/week)
Are focal neurological signs usually present?
When focal neurological signs are present what 2 things that could possibly be the cause?
- a focal intracerebral hematoma
- ischemia in the territory of the vessel with a ruptured aneurysm
What imaging modality should be performed immediately to confirm that hemorrhage has occurred and to search for clues regarding its source?
Why is CT preferred over MRI?
because it is faster and more sensitive in detecting hemorrhage in the first 24 hours
What must be examined in patients that appear normal on CT but are suspected of hemorrhage?
What are 2 abnormal findings in the CSF that indicate hemorrhage?
What is undertaken to determine the source of bleeding?
Other than blood in the CSF, what are 2 other abnormal lab findings?
- peripheral leukocytosis
- transient glycosuria
How are conscious patients treated?
- confined to bed
- advised against any exertion
- treated symptomatically for headache and anxiety
- given laxatives or stool softeners
What medication is routinely prescribed to prevent seizures?
What is the major aim of treatment?
to prevent further hemorrhage
Approximately __% of patients will have further bleeding within 2 weeks and __% within 6 months
Definitive treatment (ideally within 2 days of hemorrhage) involves what 2 things?
- surgical clipping of the aneurysm base
- endovascular treatment by interventional radiologists
What are 4 complications associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage?
- Focal arterial spasm
- Acute hydrocephalus
- Renal salt-wasting