Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

This is a serious medical emergency caused by rupture of a brain aneurysm. It may occur without warning in an otherwise health individual and if untreated may result in death or serious disability.

The symptoms include:

  • Sudden severe headache – may be so severe that it feels as they have been hit on the head.
  • Stiff neck
  • Sickness and vomiting
  • Confusion

The diagnosis may be missed if it is assumed that the patient just has a migraine. A CT scan is required to confirm that diagnosis. Surgery or coiling of the aneurysm is required to prevent further haemorrhages.

Contact us on 0113 2845000 or clinneg@isonharrison.co.uk for further information.

  • Case report

    One of our Partners acted on behalf of the family of a young woman who died due to a failure to diagnose her condition. Despite attending A & E and her GP with symptoms of a subarachnoid haemorrhage she was diagnosed as suffering from flu. If diagnosed earlier it is likely that she would have survived following surgery. Substantial compensation was obtained on behalf of her children.

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