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How does intracranial hemorrhage affect the body?

Intracranial hemorrhage occurs when one or more blood vessels in the brain break, and blood pools between the brain and the bone of the skull. This causes swelling, and pressure builds up in the affected area. Because the pressure cannot be released through the bone, it pushes on the brain, causing damage.

Symptoms usually present rapidly, but are sometimes delayed. The area of the brain where the injury occurred determines what type of damage is sustained. Individuals may experience lingering impairments; delayed reaction times; or loss of memory, sometimes even forgetting their injury. Severe cases may result in death. Most of the recovery from the damage to the brain will occur within the first half year following the intracranial hemorrhage, but smaller improvements may continue for a couple years.

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