In this chapter, we consider spontaneous hemorrhage into the brain parenchyma and ventricles (intracerebral hemorrhage, ICH). Non-traumatic bleeding into the subarachnoid space (subarachnoid hemorrhage, SAH) is covered in Chapter 13. Traumatic subdural and epidural hemorrhages are not covered in this book.
Intracerebral hemorrhage is associated with very high morbidity and mortality. It is important to realize that, as with acute ischemic strokes, time is of the essence in ICH. The reason for this is that the blood accumulates rapidly, and the volume of the hematoma is the most important determinant of outcome.