Apoplexy is bleeding into a cavity or organ. There are various forms of apoplexy, including: Adrenal apoplexy—bleeding into adrenal glandsPituitary apoplexy—bleeding into the pituitary gland
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Apoplexy may be caused by: Tumor growthHormonal imbalanceBlood clotAcute illnessDrastic changes in blood volume or blood pressureBlood clotting disorders
Factors that increase your chance of developing apoplexy include: Hormonal insufficiencyPrevious surgeryBleeding disordersInjurySheehan's syndrome—severe blood loss during childbirth
Symptoms may include: HeadacheNausea and vomitingLoss of appetiteWeight lossAbdominal painDiarrheaBluish skin colorFeverLoss of visionDouble visionConfusionPainFatigue
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 testsUrine tests
Images may be taken of your bodily structures. This can be done with: CT scanMRI scanUltrasound
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 imbalancesSurgery—tumor removal if the tumor is the cause
There is no known way to prevent apoplexy.
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Accessed October 8, 2013.
Last reviewed May 2014 by Kim Carmichael, MD
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