Glossary


Aneurysm
, a bubble-like swollen, weakened area on a blood vessel.

Arachnoid Membrane, a membrane covering the surface of the brain.

Arterio-venous Malformation(AVM), an abnormal knot-like formation of arteries and veins Cerebral angiogram, An investigation by X-ray, which looks at the blood vessels in the brain, used to help find the cause of the subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), a clear fluid that flows over the surface of the brain and spinal cord.

Clipping, the placing of a metal clip across an aneurysm in order to secure it.

Cognitive function, all the normal processes associated with our thoughts and mental processes.

Coiling, the placing of metal coils within an aneurysm in order to secure it.

CT Scan, an X-ray technique showing sections of the brain, used to help diagnose subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Epilepsy, a tendency to recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

General Practitioner (GP), a doctor generally overseeing and supporting health and medical care in the community.

Hydrocephalus, a build up cerebrospinal fluid within the brain

Lumbar Puncture, a procedure to take cerebro-spinal fluid from the spinal canal.

MRI Scan, a scan using magnetic forces, used to look at tissues within the body.

Neuroradiologist, a specialist doctor within the neurological X-ray department, involved in the investigation and treatment of patients following subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Neurosurgeon a specialist doctor within neurosurgery who treats patients following a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Occupational therapist, a therapist dealing with return to activities of daily living e.g. cooking, working.

Physiotherapist, a therapist dealing with any physical weaknesses or difficulties

Neuropsychologist, a therapist dealing with cognitive (thinking) ability, and behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Radiology, refers to procedures or investigations involving x-ray or scans.

Spasm, see Vasospasm

Seizure, an epileptic fit

Speech and Language Therapist, a therapist dealing with communication difficulties.

Social Worker, advice on benefits, help at home, returning to work etc.

Subarachnoid haemorrhage, a sudden leakage of blood across the base of the brain.

Subarachnoid space, the space beneath the arachnoid membrane where cerebro-spinal fluid is contained.

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Specialist Nurse, a nurse specialist dealing with advice and support relating to subarachnoid haemorrhage. A link to the neurosurgical unit.

Vasospasm, narrowing of the arteries within the brain, potentially restricting blood flow.