Neurologist treating former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has raised a chilling warning that the following couple of weeks of Ferguson recuperation are vital to his long-term prospects.
Ferguson was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital, one of United Kingdom best neurological hospital, and had emergency surgery on Saturday in the wake of suffering a brain hemorrhage.
It is believed that the Scottish boss suffered a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, which can be confused for a stroke and causes comparable speech loss and paralysis.
Sir Alex Ferguson continues to be treated at Salford Royal Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on Saturday night.
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According to Neuro specialist, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is often caused by smoking and uncontrolled hypertension, it kills one out of five people in 24-hours. While another third are left so paralyzed that they require 24-hour care.
Be that as it may, between a third and a half of patient make a full recuperation, coming back to normal in only a couple of months.
Ranjeev Bhangoo, an expert neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital in London, stated: “The prognosis all depends on what Sir Alex was like before the bleed happened,” he was cited by the Daily Mail.
“If he had only a headache and a reasonably good level of consciousness, with no weakness in his arms or legs, the prognosis is reasonably good. If he had greatly diminished consciousness and severe weakness, then the chances of making a good recovery are a lot less.”
Quite rightly, Sir Alex Ferguson’s family have not disclosed details about his condition following the hemorrhage he suffered. However, the most common form for a man of his age with a history of cardio-vascular issues – Sir Alex had a pacemaker fitted in 2003 – is intracerebral, in which there is bleeding within the brain tissue, causing irreparable damage to those cells.
In Sir Alex’s case, his surgeons have decided to operate almost certainly because they felt the size of the blood clot was causing damage to the remaining brain tissue. This is often life-saving surgery and aims to reduce any long-term disability Sir Alex might suffer with this form of stroke.
A patient will have suffered the symptoms of a stroke before they have alerted the emergency services. The medical team will stabilize their breathing and then perform a scan to determine if a blood vessel has blocked or burst. In this instance, it was the latter and bleeding was sufficient to require surgery and the critical care that followed.
Once this first phase of treatment is completed, the medics will try to uncover what caused the bleeding. This is critical to prevent any further bleeding.
There are three potential causes. There may be an abnormality within the brain tissue, a weakening of the blood vessels or the blood may not be clotting properly. The diagnosis will vary from one patient to another.
For the first few days after the operation, the focus is on the patient’s life support. A prognosis is very hard to give in the first days and often for some weeks.
If they survive without signs of improvement after several months, then it is unlikely an individual will return to their former health. However, in the immediate aftermath there is everything to fight for and the potential for a full recovery, albeit sometimes after a long period of rehabilitation.
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