Intracranial Hemorrhage Risk: When to See the Doctor

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by Wendy Henderson |

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One of the greatest risks to people living with hemophilia is a bleed in the brain (or intracranial hemorrhage). Around 3 percent of people with moderate or severe forms of the disease will experience an intracranial hemorrhage — some will be a result of a head injury, others may experience a spontaneous bleed.

If you experience any of these symptoms or signs, you should call the emergency services and seek medical attention immediately.

MORE: Six self-care tips for people living with hemophilia.

Signs of an intracranial hemorrhage include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Altered mental state, confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Paralysis in the facial muscles

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