For Xarelto users who suffer a brain hemorrhage, a number of severe complications may result, often culminating in the death of the patient. A brain hemorrhage occurs when blood suddenly bursts into brain tissue, causing damage to the brain, which may present symptoms similar to those of a stroke.
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What are the Potential Complications of a Brain Hemorrhage?
Potential complications resulting from a Xarelto brain hemorrhage may include:
- Hemorrhage Enlargement – Typically occurs in the first 24 hours after the initial onset of brain hemorrhage symptoms. One major factor in enlargement of the hemorrhage is the use of blood-thinning drugs like Xarelto. 50% of brain hemorrhage patients who are treated with anticoagulants deteriorate within 24 to 48 hours due to additional bleeding, with a mortality rate of 64% by 6 months. Although high blood pressure is suspected as contributing to enlargement, this remains unproven.
- Hydrocephalus – Buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain, which may be accompanied by secondary expansion of the ventricles, elevated pressure inside the skull and worsening neurological deterioration. Blood may block the normal pathways for CSF drainage and require temporary drainage by a tube, which is inserted into the ventricles to relieve pressure and preserve neurological function. The presence of hydrocephalus is a predictor of 30-day mortality.
- Cerebral Edema – Fluid accumulation around the hemorrhage which contributes to its size and potential for subsequent brain damage. Swelling around the hemorrhage will increase by up to 75% in the first 24 hours, with further increase possible into the 2nd and 3rd weeks. This causes additional pressure on brain structures, elevated pressure inside the head and severe neurological damage.
- Convulsions – Nearly 10% of brain hemorrhage patients have clinical seizures within 1 month of symptom onset, with a higher number having sub-clinical seizures (seizures that go undiagnosed). Seizures are typically associated with neurological worsening and unfavorable prognosis. Treatment with anticonvulsant medications may be required to treat this complication.
Do I Have a Xarelto Brain Hemorrhage Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new brain hemorrhage cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.