Brain imaging

Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH)

An intracerebral hemorrhage can occur when a burst blood vessel bleeds into the brain tissue.

The bleeding causes brain cells to die and the part of the brain that is affected stops working correctly. High blood pressure is the most common cause of this type of stroke.

Intracerebral hemorrhage
Intracerebral hemorrhage | Source: Emaze

What are the symptoms of an intracerebral hemorrhage?

A feature common to most ICH cases is a sudden onset of symptoms. However, the signs that accompany this type of stroke are not always the same.

Depending on the location and amount of bleeding in the brain, ICH symptoms may include:

  • Partial or total loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting or severe nausea, when combined with other symptoms
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Call 911 if you see or have any of these symptoms. Treatment can be more effective if given quickly.