Vascular Disorders That Can Lead to Nervous System Problems
Vascular disorders affect the supply of blood to the brain, spinal cord, or blood vessels in the head. Examples of vascular disorders that can lead to nervous system problems include:
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- Lack of blood supply (Reference stroke Opens New Window or Reference TIA Opens New Window).
- Bleeding around the brain (Reference subarachnoid hemorrhage Opens New Window).
- A bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain (Reference cerebral aneurysm Opens New Window).
- Bleeding into the brain tissue (Reference intracranial hemorrhage Opens New Window).
- A problem present since birth (congenital) that causes an abnormal web of blood vessels and veins in the brain, brain stem, or spinal cord (arteriovenous or A-V malformation). The vessel walls of an A-V malformation may become weak and leak or rupture.
- Inflammation of blood vessels, such as Reference lupus Opens New Window or Reference giant cell arteritis Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: September 1, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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