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Re: Stroke Recovery

Re: Stroke Recovery

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Posted by kiwi on April 11, 2000 at 01:49:48:

In Reply to: Stroke Recovery posted by Sean on March 24, 2000 at 01:12:48:

: My mother just had a stroke last week. The MRI has shown a pool of blood remaining on the surface of the brain which is putting pressure on the brain. The Neurosurgeon told us that it may take 3-5 weeks for this to disipate. During this time she may be in a semi-coma state. I would like to hear from anyone who has any experience or has heard anything about this. He has said she still has a great chance for recovery and rehab but will remain very groggy untill this blood is broken down.

From what I know it can take a few weeks for the blood to be dissipated or absorbed. My partner had a ruptured aneurysm recently which caused a hemorrhage and a build-up of CSF fluid. The first night a ventricular drain was installed to relieve the pressure, later when the aneurysm was operated on, a shunt was put in. I have read that sometimes a patient is operated on to remove the blood but I don't know the reasons for deciding whether that's a better option than waiting. I guess for older patients it's more risky to perform brain surgery.

It may be that if she is stable with no or little risk of further strokes, the safest option is to let the body heal itself. You could always hunt out another neurosurgeon and get a second opinion. I phoned several when my partner went to hospital and found them to be generally very helpful and understanding.

What sort of stroke was it? Usually they result from a blood clot so why is there a build-up of blood? Did she have a hemorrhagic stroke then?

I wish you all the best.

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