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What is an intraventricular hemorrhage?

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Updated February 20, 2008

Question: What is an intraventricular hemorrhage?
Answer: Bleeding that takes place inside the ventricles of the brain. The ventricles of the brain do not contain brain tissue, but instead are filled with a fluid known as cerebrospinal fluid. Blood inside the ventricles rarely causes a stroke by itself, but it has the potential to cause hydrocephalus, a condition in which elevated intracranial pressure can cause stroke or death.

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