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Subarachnoid haemorrhage

Bleeding around the brain

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke caused by bleeding around the brain

About

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is a type of stroke and normally results from rupture of an aneurysm (small bulge), resulting in bleeding around the brain . At Healthcare HCA UK, our neurosurgeons can prevent additional bleeds and reduce the risk of secondary brain damage.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of subarachnoid haemorrhage icon plus

    Subarachnoid haemorrhages can be serious and fatal. As such, they're treated as medical emergencies. If you think you or someone you know might be having one, dial 999 immediately. The main symptoms to look out for are:

    •  a severe and sudden headache associated with feeling sick and vomiting
    • sensitivity to light, usually coupled with neck pain and stiffness
    • double or blurred vision
    • losing consciousness or uncontrollable shaking

     Haemorrhages (also known as haemorrhagic strokes) can occur without warning although they can happen during physical activity, such as working out at the gym or having sex.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If you've been admitted to hospital on suspicion of a subarachnoid haemorrhage, you'll most likely need to have a CT scan to check for signs of bleeding on the brain. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you will probably need further treatment in a specialist neurosurgery unit.

    At HCA UK, our neurosurgeons are experts at treating haemorrhages and helping to reduce the risk of further brain damage.

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you've been admitted to hospital with a haemorrhage, you'll most likely be given medicine to prevent complications. Most aneurysms are now treated by radiologists using techniques known as coiling or stenting, but sometimes an open operation (a craniotomy) is necessary. At HCA UK, our radiologists are experts at minimally invasive intervention and our neurosurgeons are expert in craniotomy. 
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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