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Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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Symptoms of Intracerebral Hemorrhage

High blood pressure by itself often causes no symptoms, so many people who experience an intracranial hemorrhage experience their first symptoms during the brain attack itself. Symptoms of a stroke caused by intracranial hemorrhage may vary depending the size and location of the rupture, but they generally come on suddenly and quickly and usually include:

  • Severe headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Abnormal sense of taste
  • Change in alertness – ranging from a sense of sleepiness to a loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Difficulty writing or reading
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Weakness or loss of motor skills
  • Facial paralysis
  • Double vision, vision loss, or other vision changes
  • Drooping eyelid, pupils of different sizes, or uncontrolled eye movements

A hemorrhagic stroke is an extreme medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Anyone showing symptoms of a brain bleed should be seen in an emergency room as quickly as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

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Reviewed by: Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD
Last reviewed/last updated: April 2021