Bleeding brain: What are the signs?

A bleeding brain is considered as a medical emergency after sustaining any form of head trauma or stroke. The bleeding can occur inside the brain (intracranial) or on the exterior regions (subarachnoid). Oftentimes, the blood vessels in the brain might spontaneously rupture (cerebral) which can be life-threatening.

What are the immediate signs?

An intracerebral hemorrhage or stroke arises once the blood vessels in the brain rupture and leak. This results to an increase in the pressure in the brain which can cause immediate signs such as difficulty seeing and speaking, confusion and an abrupt, intense headache.

As for an intracerebral form of bleeding brain, it can cause issues with comprehending speech, dizziness, difficulty walking, poor coordination, unsteadiness and numbness in the legs, arms or face.

Fatigue and confusion


Other indications of a bleeding brain include unequal pupil size and drooping eyelid.

A bleeding brain can be due to a brain aneurysm. An aneurysm might rupture and causes the individual to become significantly confused and tired. The individual might forget where he/she is and the day of the week it is.

Along with fatigue, a stupor is likely. This is a condition where the individual is not aware of his/her surroundings and might go in and out of consciousness.

What are the other signs?

Other indications of a bleeding brain include unequal pupil size and drooping eyelid. In some cases, seizures can occur due to the erratic brain activity. Oftentimes, the individual might lose control of the muscles and loses consciousness. Additionally, other signs that might arise include a stiff neck, irritability, issues in controlling the temper and impulsiveness.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on a bleeding brain is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize the signs, register for a first aid and CPR course with Kelowna First Aid.