BRET MICHAELS Medical Update

April 27, 2010

POISON singer Bret Michaels' latest medical workup demonstrated findings of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain. It presents itself suddenly as the sound of a loud gunshot or thunderclap at the back of the head, causing severe cranial pain and muscle spasms.

Many people are speculating Michaels head injury suffered from a prop striking the singer at the Tony Awards last June is the cause. Additional studies are planned throughout the week to hopefully detect the exact cause of the rupture. Coupled with the fact that Michaels is a lifelong Type 1 diabetic and has recently undergone emergency appendectomy surgery while on tour in San Antonio, he will remain monitored closely by his medical team to make sure no complications occur from the diabetes.

The most common cause of this condition is a spontaneous rupture of a cerebral aneurysm. However, 15 to 20 percent of spontaneous episodes of this hemorrhage are found to have no cause.

Michaels has undergone a continuous series of tests while in the ICU, including angiograms, CT scans, MRIs and transcranial dopplers (TCDs). Doctors state Michaels is very lucky as his condition could have been fatal. With further testing and rehabilitation, they are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months.

Michaels remains under 24-hour observation in the ICU and is in positive spirits. He is responding well to tests and treatments.

Even though today was a minor setback, doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery and plan to release more specific information next Monday.

Last night on "Larry King Live", Bret Michaels' condition was the topic on the show as Donald Trump Jr., Daryl Strawberry, Sanjay Gupta and Carlos Diaz discussed concerns, lasting affects as well as Michaels as a person. Donald Trump Jr. stated that "Bret is very likeable guy, down to earth and a solid person." He added that out of all the people from "Celebrity Apprentice", "I may have had the best kind of off-camera relationship with him over the three years." Trump Jr. also said Bret is a great father and rocker and expressed concerned for the singer's health. Strawberry, who starred on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Michaels, said Bret is "a good friend" on and off camera and called him "a hard worker" who was "a creative force on the show."

Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).