Clinical Features

  • R. P. Sengupta
  • V. L. McAllister


Subarachnoid haemorrhage has assumed great clinical importance in recent years as it represents 10% of all vascular causes of death (Sahs et al. 1966). Nearly 28 000 Americans suffer from SAH due to ruptured intracranial aneurysm alone each year (Kassell and Drake 1982). It is not only an acute illness, but also a chronic process; when the diagnosis is delayed the result of treatment is often less than satisfactory. Recent advances in the management of SAH have resulted in a significant improvement in its prognosis and have also emphasised the importance of an early diagnosis. Advances in neuroradiology, with the advent of computerised tomography (CT), and the improvement of angiographic techniques, have meant that identification of the source of subarachnoid haemorrhage is now possible in over 80% of cases. Complications, such as intracerebral haematoma, cerebral ischaemia or hydrocephalus, can now be recognised and specific treatment instituted.


Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Nerve Palsy Artery Aneurysm Intracranial Aneurysm Neck Stiffness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Sengupta
    • 1
  • V. L. McAllister
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle General HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Regional Neurological CentreNewcastle General HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK

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