Symptoms of an Intracerebral Hemorrhage

It is important to know the warning signs and symptoms of an intracerebral hemorrhage in order to get help immediately. An intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke that’s characterized by blood vessels in the brain bursting and subsequently bleeding into the surrounding brain tissue. The blood then collects into a clot – called a hematoma – and places increased pressure on the surrounding brain tissue, depriving the cells of blood. This type of stroke is most commonly caused by hypertension, head trauma, or use of blood-thinning medications.

Warning signs of an intracerebral hemorrhage include, but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Trouble seeing
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty speaking

Although an intracerebral hemorrhage can occur anywhere in the brain, it most often occurs in the cerebrum, which is the part of the brain that controls fine motor control, eye movement, cognitive function, and procedural learning. If the symptoms of an intracerebral hemorrhage are not immediately identified, damage in this part of the brain can occur and cause complications with:

  • Vision and balance
  • Coordination
  • Comprehension
  • Language skills

Tampa General Hospital is a state-licensed comprehensive stroke center and a leader in stroke treatment. TGH was the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to receive the distinguishing national Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Anyone displaying symptoms of an intracerebral hemorrhage should preferably be taken to the nearest comprehensive stroke center to receive immediate medical assistance. TGH has a dedicated team of stroke specialists available to diagnose and treat patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.