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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)?

Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a life-threatening condition where there is bleeding into the space surrounding the brain and increases pressure on the brain. It is a type of stroke. It is often caused by head trauma, or the bursting and leaking of a dilated blood vessel on the brain surface. Risk factors include hypertension, excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse.

Symptoms of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Headache

  • Speech that does not make sense, or behavior that is strange

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Hands and legs became clumsy - I cannot do fine work with them

  • Weakness in arms or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do people around you feel like you are speaking incoherently or acting irrationally?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

Treatment for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

This is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention in a hospital. Treatment involves open or minimally invasive surgical procedures that stop the bleeding and ensure sufficient blood supply to the brain.

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