INFORMATION ABOUT BRAIN ANEURYSMS

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WHAT IS AN INTRACRANIAL ANEURYSM?

IA is short for intracranial aneurysm.

Its are the weakening of an artery wall. Arteries provide oxygen rich blood to your body. When weakened, a balloon forms that is prone to rupture. Ruptured IAs cause severe brain bleeds that can lead to stroke or death.

4 OUT OF 7

people who recover from a ruptured intracranial aneurysm have neurological deficits. 

SYMPTOMS

Many IAs show no symptoms, especially if they have not ruptured. However, some symptoms with ruptured intracranial aneurysms may include:

          - Sudden Severe headache

          - Sensitivity to light

          - Stiff neck

          - Seizure

          - Loss of consciousness

RISK FACTORS

          - Smoking and drug abuse

          - High blood pressure

          - Old age and family history

TREATMENT OPTION 1:

WATCHING OVER TIME

If risk of bleeding is low, then the best course of action is to routinely check your aneurysm and only proceed with other measures if necessary.

TREATMENT OPTION 2:

ANEURYSM CLIPPING SURGERY

Surgeons expose the aneurysm and physically disconnect it from blood flow using a metal clip.

TREATMENT OPTION 3:

ENDOVASCULAR COILING

After inserting a catheter through an artery in the leg, doctors place small platinum coils into the aneurysm to divert blood flow and prevent bleeding.

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