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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

What Is a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage?

A subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is bleeding in the subarachnoid space—the space between the brain and the surrounding membrane. It is a rare form of stroke, and up to half of all cases of SAH are fatal.

The most common symptom of a SAH is an extreme headache that comes on suddenly, also called a "thunderclap headache." Additional symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

A SAH may occur spontaneously, usually from a ruptured aneurysm in the brain. It may also result from a head injury.

Your provider will likely use a CT/CAT Scan (Computed Tomography) to diagnose the condition. They may also use a lumbar puncture for diagnosis.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Our nationally recognized, highly trained stroke and neurocritical care team provide comprehensive care for all types of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases. State of the art neuroimaging capabilities and immediate access to all subspecialists offer patients the most sophisticated medical and surgical treatments necessary for the best outcomes.

Treatment may for a SAH may include:

  • Surgery
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Medications to help prevent recurrence and complications

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine is a world-class medical center and leading academic institution. Our providers offer outstanding patient-centered care and conduct breakthrough research in neurology. We offer advanced stroke treatments that are not available at most hospitals. By working closely with our affiliated hospitals, we ensure that patients get the stroke care they need in the shortest possible time.

UR Medicine's Comprehensive Stroke Center offers world-class treatment and prevention of stroke, including the region's only Mobile Stroke Unit and dedicated Neuromedicine Intensive Care Unit. The Mobile Stroke Unit drives to people having strokes, saving precious time in delivering life-saving care. The Neuromedicine Intensive Care Unit treats critically ill patients with complex neurosurgical illnesses.

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