A hemorrhagic stroke is the accumulation of blood anywhere within the skull vault.

Intracranial hemorrhage is a serious medical emergency because the buildup of blood within the skull can lead to increases in intracranial pressure, which can crush delicate brain tissue or limit its blood supply. Severe increases in intracranial pressure can cause potentially deadly brain herniation, in which parts of the brain are squeezed past structures in the skull.

Diagnosing Hemorrhagic Stroke

CT scan (computed tomography) is the definitive tool for accurate diagnosis of an intracranial hemorrhage.

For patient assistance, the treatment team at Emory uses multidisciplinary physician teams, state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality patient care.