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Hypertension Disorders—A Photo Essay

Hypertension Disorders—A Photo Essay

A 37-year-old woman who had hypertension presented with a diffuse, sharp, pounding headache. A noncontrast head CT scan showed a hemorrhage in the frontal horn of the lateral ventricle. This second slice showed a left intracranial cerebral hemorrhage in the basal ganglia region that extends into the lateral ventricle. Sudden onset of headache suggests intracranial or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Intracranial hemorrhage often is associated with a profound reactive rise in blood pressure.

Image courtesy of Gary Quick, MD and Maggie Law, MD.

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