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 disordersInjury
Symptoms may include: HeadacheNauseaLoss of visionDouble visionConfusionPainFatigue
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.
Last reviewed October 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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