BRAIN BLEED Case study by Apollo Hospital

Brain Bleed – A Blessing in disguise! A case study

The case study of a 22 years old working at an IT firm girl patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke  – a brain bleed. Surgery treatment and recovery.


The case study of a patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke — a brain bleed.

22 year old working at an I.T Firm experienced severe headache and fell unconscious on a normal working day at her workplace.

She was then admitted to a nearby hospital in the same unconscious state. After a primary diagnosis she was shifted to Well Known hospital for further management.

A CT Scan was done upon admission which showed bleeding in the Left Parietal Region. An emergency cerebral angiography was done to detect the cause of the sudden bleed in an apparently normal young girl.

BRAIN BLEED Case study by Apollo Hospital
BRAIN BLEED Case study by Apollo Hospital

The reports showed that she had an intracranial AVM (arteriovenous malformation) which had ruptured and bled. An arteriovenous malformation is an abnormal communication between the arteries and the veins which are prone to rupturing and bleeding. Any bleeding inside the brain(Brain bleed) is complex but the AVM made it much more complex.

The surgical procedure/treatment of Brain Bleed

The surgical procedure in such cases becomes extremely challenging. the other major challenge that doctors had to face in this case was that the bleeding was in the Left Parietal Region which meant that the patients speech, comprehension and movement of the right side of the body was likely to be severely affected by procedure in that area. There was no room for even the minutest error.

It should be noted that Any AVM at such vital sites of the brain diagnosed prior to the bleeding is a therapeutic dilemma as its removal can cause severe neurological deficits involving speech and paralysis. Hence surgeons rarely excise the AVM at such eloquent sites and are forced to treat them using less effective modalities.

BRAIN BLEED Case study Treatment

Having left with no choice but to operate because of the large life threatening bleed, Neurosurgeon “Dr. Sunil Kutty – Minimal Access Brain & Spine Surgeon – Apollo Institute of Neurosciences Expertise” decided to evacuate the clot and excise the AVM along it. If successful the surgical procedure would save the patient’s life and also cure her from the AVM.

After opening the skull. The large brain bleed was initially evacuated without touching the AVM which could rupture even during the surgery by the slightest provocation. Then we turned our attention to the AVM excision.

The periphery of the AVM was delineated and gradually its blood supply cut off one by one without causing further injury to the brain already damaged by the bleed. After achieving complete microscopic excision of the AVM and clot evacuation also the brain was swollen and angry looking, hence the bone flap was not kept back to allow the brain to swell out and relieve the pressure within the skull.

Brain bleed recovery

BRAIN BLEED Success Operation Case study Recovery

The brain bleed operation was a success and the patient made a gradual recovery. After a couple of weeks in the ICU and once she had retained her consciousness, to our relief , we found that she had no neurological deficit i.e. her speech and comprehension and movement of the right side of the body were normal.

Once the brain swelling had settled the bone flap was also put back by a surgical procedure called Cranioplasty. She was soon discharged and even joined back her work but she still had one more hurdle to clear, she had to undergo angiography to confirm the completeness of the AVM excision, which she did a few weeks later.

The angiography read – Normal cerebral angiography, which meant she was cured.

According to “Dr. Sunil Kutty – Minimal Access Brain & Spine Surgeon – Apollo Institute of Neurosciences Expertise” If not for the bleed the AVM at such eloquent sites, are extremely difficult to treat because the decision making involves cure on one side and severe neurological deficits on the other, in an absolutely normal looking patient.

So, to think of it, it was the catastrophic bleed which forced us to intervene in emergency in the most radical manner and achieve cure without any Neuro deficit in this young girl. Indeed a blessing in disguise!”

Keeping You Well – Apollo Institute of Neurosciences Expertise

The Apollo Institutes of Neurosciences are equipped to treat the entire range of Neurological diseases. Trans-sphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors, spinal fusions, X-Knife for fractioned treatment of benign and malignant tumors (Stereo Tactic Radiotherapy) and many more cutting edge treatments make Apollo Hospitals a leader in Neurosurgical care. Ably supported by modern Neuro-Radiology services, Neuro-Intensive Care facilities as well as Medical and Radiation Oncology services, Neurological specialists at Apollo Hospitals achieve outcomes matching those of the leading institutions across the globe.

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