Pontine haemorrhage

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Elderly male with sudden onset loss of consciousness. GCS 3.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male


Non-contrast CT demonstrates a large pontine haemorrhage with extension of blood into the fourth ventricle and up into the third ventricle. The temporal horns are a little prominent as are the lateral ventricles suggesting developing hydrocephalus. 

Annotated image

Large pontine haemorrhage (*) has extended into the forth ventricle (V4), up the aqueduct of Sylvius (AQ) and into the third ventricle (V3). The lateral ventricles (LV) and their temporal horns (TH) are a little prominent, although this is in part due to age related ex vacuo dilatation. 

Case Discussion

This patient passed away shortly after admission. Presumably this bleed is due to unrecognised hypertension, although no previous history was available.

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Case information

rID: 11062
Published: 14th Oct 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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