Bret Michaels still critical, brain hemorrhage source still unknown
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/26/2010
Bret Michaels is still in critical condition and doctors are still trying to find the source of bleeding that caused The Celebrity Apprentice participant and former Rock of Love star to suffer a massive brain hemorrhage.
"At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located," read a Sunday message posted on Michaels' personal website.
"As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc., will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal."
A subarachnoid hemorrhage is typically caused when a previously undetected aneurysm ruptures suddenly and "can happen to anybody at anytime, and that's why it's scary," Dr. Keith Siller of New York University's Comprehensive Stroke Care Center toldPeople.
"The goal here is to find the aneurysm. There are a small percentage of subarachnoid hemorrhages where sometimes the aneurysm has already ruptured and you can't find it. Or it's so small, and all this blood's still sitting there, and it hides the aneurysm from being seen by an angiogram," Siller explained to People.
"If you don't see the aneurysm, you're kind of stuck. You have to just repeat the angiogram and see whether some blood becomes visible."
In addition, Siller said Michaels' onstage injury last June at the Tony Awards -- when he was struck in the head by a piece of scenery while performing with Poison -- could not have caused the hemorrhage nearly a year later.
Hemorrhages like the one suffered by Michaels are fatal in half of all cases, according to People, which Siller added the aneurysm occurs in less than 2% of the population with no real medical reason.
"[It's] something most people are just born with. Most people have no clue that they have this," he told People.
"People usually find out when they have a hemorrhage. In most cases, that is the cause. It's something people have silently."
The eventual outcome for Michaels depends on the seriousness of the hemorrhage he suffered, however Siller told People that patients "who come in comatose or don't have reflexes" are "already in bad shape."