Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Intracerebral Hemorrhage

  • Elliot Roth
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_2183-2



An intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) – bleeding into the brain – can result from trauma but more commonly results spontaneously when the wall of a blood vessel in the brain bursts, allowing blood to leak into the tissue of the brain, producing a type of stroke.

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The sudden appearance of blood in the brain can be irritating or toxic to brain cells, and the increase in intracranial pressure causes additional brain damage. Although ICH usually occurs in the basal ganglia, brainstem, and cerebellum, it also can involve the cerebral hemispheres and cortex. Intracerebral hemorrhages account for an estimated 10–15% of all strokes. It occurs at all ages, but it tends to affect younger people more commonly than do ischemic strokes, and its incidence among African-Americans is double than that of other racial groups. ICH is most frequently caused by sudden episodes of extreme...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Feinberg School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and RehabilitationNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA