A condition as complicated as a brain aneurysm has a variety of causes and risk factors associated with it.
These contributing factors can be managed through proper treatment and behavior; discuss this with your physician:
Other risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history and genetic predisposition or diseases such as polycystic kidney disease or arteriovenous malformations. A family history of cerebral aneurysm is one of the leading indicators of whether a person may themselves develop one; this condition is unfortunately genetically heritable.
This condition can be diagnosed using one of these four methods:
The important thing to remember is that if you believe you are experiencing brain aneurysm symptoms, you should contact emergency services right away. If you are indeed experiencing a stroke or other major medical event, the faster you are able to begin receiving medical care, the better your long term prognosis and the lower the chance that you will suffer brain damage. That said, keep in mind that often there will be no observable brain aneurysm symptoms until an event actually occurs; in fact, most of the time potential problems are discovered during the investigation and treatment of another, unrelated medical issue.
When an event does occur however, a person may experience one or more of the following common symptoms:
If you or someone you know displays brain aneurysm symptoms, contact emergency services right away.
Your physician will consider a multitude of different factors when deciding on your particular treatment. They will evaluate your age and general health, the size and severity of the aneurysm, and any other pertinent risk factors. In general, brain aneurysm treatment breaks down into one of three basic courses of action:
Small aneurysms do not often rupture, so if yours is sufficiently small, the doctor may simply recommend long-term observation, as brain surgery can often prove risky even for patients in the best of health. Your physician will clearly explain the risk factors associated with choosing to wait and see, and you may require ongoing monitoring over the long term in this case.
In this brain aneurysm treatment, a tiny tube is inserted into the artery very close to the site of the aneurysm itself. A small coil made of metal is then inserted into the artery to reinforce it and relieve pressure in the area. Coil embolization is considered the less invasive of the two cerebrovascular neurosurgery treatment options.
The third form of common brain aneurysm treatment is referred to as surgical clipping. A small clip is placed around the site of the aneurysm in an attempt to completely isolate it from blood flow, which significantly reduces the risk of it bursting. However, surgical clipping is not suitable for use 100% of the time; discuss the different cerebrovascular neurosurgery treatment options with your surgeon.
If you suffer from a brain aneurysm, our expert neurosurgeons will work closely with you to discuss all of your possible risk factors, as well as which treatment option is the best choice given your personal circumstance.
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