Apoplexy

Apoplexy is bleeding into a cavity or organ. There are various forms of apoplexy, including:

  • Causes

    Apoplexy may be caused by:

    • Tumor growth
    • Hormonal imbalance
    • Blood clot
    • Acute illness
    • Drastic changes in blood volume or blood pressure
    • Blood clotting disorders

  • Definition

    Apoplexy is bleeding into a cavity or organ. There are various forms of apoplexy, including:

    • Adrenal apoplexy—bleeding into adrenal glands
    • Pituitary apoplexy—bleeding into the pituitary gland
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  • Diagnosis

    You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

    Your bodily fluids may be tested. This can be done with:

    • Blood tests
    • Urine tests

    Images may be taken of your bodily structures. This can be done with:

    • CT scan
    • MRI scan
    • Ultrasound

  • Prevention

    There is no known way to prevent apoplexy.

  • Risk Factors

    Factors that increase your chance of developing apoplexy include:

    • Hormonal insufficiency
    • Previous surgery
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Injury
    • Sheehan's syndrome—severe blood loss during childbirth

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms may include:

    • Headache
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Loss of appetite
    • Weight loss
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
    • Bluish skin color
    • Fever
    • Loss of vision
    • Double vision
    • Confusion
    • Pain
    • Fatigue

  • Treatment

    Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Initial treatment will be done to stabilize you. After you have been stabilized, treatment options will be chosen based on the cause and location of your apoplexy. Options include:

    • Medications—to correct hormonal imbalances
    • Surgery—tumor removal if the tumor is the cause