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my mother 89 recently died as a result of a brain stem hemorrage. It

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my mother 89 recently died as a result of a brain stem hemorrage.
It was not as a result of trauma.
she did not suffer from hypertension.
what do you think might have been the cause of the hemorrage?

healthydoc :

Hello and thank you for your question.

healthydoc :

I am sorry for your loss. As she had brain stem hemorrhage and was not due to the common causes like hypertension or trauma than she might have viral or bacterial infection.

healthydoc :

Bacterial or viral infections can be a cause of bleeding into the brain stem. These conditions cause a buildup of blood in the intracranial space that can place strain on the blood vessels and brain tissue. The vessels can tear and bleed.

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Please get back to me if you have any further questions. Thank you.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for the above reply.


I have a couple of follow up questions.


1. Over what time period would my mother have been likely to have had this bacterial infection to cause the bleed?


2.What symptoms if any would she have had during this period?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I have just replied to your email of 28th.

Usually if one has bacterial or viral infection than it may take upto 72 hours to show the sign of the infection and there after the infection can cause bleed in the brain leading to encephalitis. Symptoms include fever, headache, and altered mental status, often accompanied by seizures and focal neurologic deficits. A GI or respiratory prodrome may precede these symptoms. Meningeal signs are typically mild and less prominent than other manifestations. Status epilepticus, particularly convulsive status epilepticus, or coma suggests severe brain inflammation.
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