When people think of brain injuries that lead to bleeding, they often think of hemorrhages that happen in the brain tissue itself. This is what can happen when you have a stroke or a brain tumor, for instance. It can also happen after some types of trauma, both open and closed.
While these cases are very serious, it is also important to remember that there is great risk from bleeding between the skull and the brain. This type of bleed can have many of the same causes, but it is not technically bleeding within the brain at all.
There are two main areas where this type of medical condition causes problems. First off, you have to consider the initial cause of the bleeding. Someone who was involved in a car accident may have struck their head on the dash, for example, or a worker falling from a ladder may have struck their head on a concrete floor.
The second issue is the pressure that builds up as the bleeding continues. The person may not have serious external signs of injury. They may feel all right in the moments after the incident. This can lead to mistakes as even medical professionals may think that they’re doing well.
If there is bleeding between the brain and skull, though, it fills any empty space quickly and starts to put pressure on the brain. This can lead to headaches, nausea and many other symptoms. If it goes untreated, the pressure can get so bad that it leads to a fatal injury as brain tissue is damaged beyond repair.
Those who suffer serious brain injuries could see life-altering changes and they need to know what options they have.