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Diagnosis / Protected: Brain Aneurysm

A brain (cerebral) aneurysm occurs when a weakened area in your brain’s artery wall expands and fills with blood. Most brain aneurysms do not cause symptoms, and are often times detected during tests associated with other conditions.

In some cases, a brain aneurysm can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). A ruptured aneurysm can quickly become life-threatening and requires immediate treatment.

Symptoms – Ruptured Aneurysm

A severe headache that comes on suddenly is the primary symptom.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Still neck
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seizure
  • A drooping eyelid
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion

 

If you have an aneurysm that has not ruptured, you may experience vision changes, pain above and behind one eye, a dilated pupil, paralysis or weakness on one side of the face or a dropping eyelid.

Risk Factors – Formation of Brain Aneurysms

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure or hypertension
  • Congenital – result of abnormality in artery wall
  • Family history
  • Greater than 40 years of age
  • Gender – ratio of incidence in women compared to men is 3:2
  • Presence of an AVM, arteriorvenous malformation
  • Drug use
  • Infection
  • Tumors
  • Traumatic head injury

Genetics, smoking and high blood pressure may contribute to an increased risk of brain aneurysm rupture.

Treatment Options

At IVC, we offer minimally invasive endovascular treatment options. The following procedures can be used to disrupt the blood flow to and within the aneurysm:

  • Endovascular Coiling
  • Balloon Remodeling
  • Stent Coiling
  • Pipeline

Call and schedule a consultation today 503-612-0498, your neurovascular specialist will assess the size, location and appearance of the brain aneurysm and discuss the risks of treatment.

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