x
Browse
165 Physicians Online

Question:

Blood in the spinal tap - Aneurysm or hemorrhage?

Dear Ask The Doctor:
My mom went to the hospital with chronic, painful headaches that she said felt like a burst, then fingers wrapping around her head. They gave her a spinal tap and found blood. They are trying to find where she was bleeding from. What is blood in a spinal tap indictive of and what should be done next.


Answer:

Blood in the spinal tap may be result of a traumatic lumbar puncture or may be due to CNS bleeding such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral hemorrhage, rupture of an aneurysm or a bleeding from the spinal cord. Treatment and recovery depends on the location, cause, and amount of the hemorrhage as well as, on how early the treatment is received. Surgery may be done to repair or remove structures causing the bleed as in case of aneurysm. If the hematoma is large enough to cause pressure on the other parts of the brain, it may become necessary to surgically drain this hematoma rather than watchful waiting as is usually done in case of small hematomas. Medications used include steroids or diuretics to reduce the swelling or intracranial pressure, painkillers, anti convulsants etc.


 



Sign In to join in the conversation.

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA

Related Answers:

For the past 2 weeks, around 11am to about 3-4 pm, I get a headache, and a feeling like I have water up my nose. When...

Hello doctor, some few months ago i started feeling excrutiating pain in the left side of my head. i feel the pain in...

So i've been having really bad tension like headaches/pressure for most of this week and I am getting worried...the p...

It feels as if the inside of my head is wet when i get bad headaches, as if there is liquid dripping inside my skull,...

I've been having headaches on the left side of my head everyday after having an ear infection and has only one red fl...

Throbbing Headache During Masturbation. Every time I masturbate I get an insane pain in my head that then leads on t...

I feel alot of pressure in my temples. can i take excedrin after i alrdy taken 800mg ibprohen

I've having a tight pressure in the back of my head lately and what seems to be some kind of movement (maybe fluids, ...

When I go outside I would get a throbbing headache. It happens indoors too. I try to rest in a dark room but it doesn...

Hi, I have been getting chronic exertion induced headaches (from masturbation, sex, even exercise) for almost week no...