Explained: Here's what Schumacher is dealing with
Doctors said that Schumacher is suffering from intercranial hematoma, cerebella edema and bilateral lesions. So what does that mean? Here's a quick explaination:
Doctors confirmed that Michael Schumacher's condition is serious and that he remains in an artificial coma. He is undergoing treatment to limit the damage to his brain and the situation remains critical. Doctors have him under observation at all times.
They also said that he is suffering from intercranial hematoma, cerebella edema and bilateral lesions. So what does that mean? Here's a quick explaination:
Intercranial hematoma: Intracranial bleeding occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks. It can result from physical trauma (as occurs in head injury) or nontraumatic causes (as occurs in hemorrhagic stroke) such as a ruptured aneurysm.
Why it's dangerous: Intracranial hemorrhage is a serious medical emergency because the buildup of blood within the skull can lead to increases in intracranial pressure, which can crush delicate brain tissue or limit its blood supply. Severe increases in intracranial pressure can cause potentially deadly brain herniation.
Cerebral Edema: Cerebral edema or cerebral edema is an excess accumulation of fluid in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain.
Why it's dangerous: If herniation occurs, respiratory symptoms or respiratory arrest can also occur due to compression of the respiratory center.
Bilateral lesions A lesion is an area of tissue that has been damaged through injury or disease. So a brain lesion is an area of injury or disease within the brain.
Why it's dangerous: There are different kinds of lesions and the doctors haven't specified what exactly is affecting Schumacher. Brain abscesses are areas of infection, including pus and inflamed tissue. A cerebral infarction, or stroke, is a brain lesion in which a cluster of brain cells die when they don't get enough blood. It could be anything.
But let's just hope Schumacher gets better at the earliest.
Source: Wikipedia and WebMD
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