Potential complications of a cerebellar stroke
What are potential complications of a cerebellar stroke or hemorrhage?
Edema from a cerebellar infarction or expanding hematoma can mimic a mass lesion and cause brain stem compression and obstructive hydrocephalus.
These effects are most likely to peak on the third day after the stroke.
New onset of gaze palsy, progressive decline in level of consciousness, new hemiparesis, and irregular breathing are indicators of hydrocephalus and constitute a neurologic and neurosurgical emergency.
In such cases, 85% of patients may die without surgical intervention such as placement of a ventriculostomy or craniectomy.