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Cerebellar Hemorrhage Workup

  • Author: J Stephen Huff, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
 
Updated: Apr 23, 2014
 

Laboratory Studies

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  • Obtain coagulation studies and a platelet count in all patients, particularly those taking anticoagulant medication.
  • Obtain other admission laboratory work (including a specimen for blood type and crossmatch) if surgery is a possibility.
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Imaging Studies

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  • CT: Acute CH should be visible as increased density in the posterior fossa.
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    • Note the location of the hematoma (central versus lobar) and any sign of brainstem compression.
    • Note the absolute size of the clot in maximum diameter.
    • Other signs of a posterior fossa mass include ablation of the fourth ventricle and/or compression of the ambient and quadrigeminal cisterns.
    • Note any obstructive hydrocephalus.
  • MRI may be important later in the clinical course to define vascular anatomy, extent of damage, and other pertinent intracranial abnormalities (eg, tumor, arteriovenous malformation).
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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

J Stephen Huff, MD, FACEP Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine

J Stephen Huff, MD, FACEP is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, American College of Emergency Physicians, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Received salary from Medscape for employment. for: Medscape.

Howard S Kirshner, MD Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Director, Vanderbilt Stroke Center; Program Director, Stroke Service, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital; Consulting Staff, Department of Neurology, Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Howard S Kirshner, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Neurological Association, American Society of Neurorehabilitation, American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, National Stroke Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Tennessee Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Helmi L Lutsep, MD Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine; Associate Director, OHSU Stroke Center

Helmi L Lutsep, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association

Disclosure: Medscape Neurology Editorial Advisory Board for: Stroke Adjudication Committee, CREST2.

Additional Contributors

Draga Jichici, MD, FRCP, FAHA Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology and Critical Care Medicine, McMaster University School of Medicine, Canada

Draga Jichici, MD, FRCP, FAHA is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Neurocritical Care Society, Canadian Critical Care Society, Canadian Critical Care Society, Canadian Neurocritical Care Society, Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation

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