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Brain Aneurysm

A cerebral aneurysm is a weak area in the wall of the artery that bulges out and is at risk of rupturing. Most brain aneurysms are small and don’t cause any symptoms. If the aneurysm is large, it can rupture, leading to a stroke. When a brain aneurysm ruptures, it becomes a subarachnoid haemorrhage. There can be brain damage or death from the haemorrhage. The most common place for an aneurysm is the base of the brain, where there is a network of arteries known as the circle of Willis.

Aneurysms can be hereditary or aneurysms can be developed because of atherosclerosis of the arteries. High blood pressure can have an effect on getting brain aneurysms. Family history, a history of previous aneurysms, gender, race and smoking also play a role in getting aneurysms. Women have a greater risk of getting an aneurysm. Those of African heritage also have a higher risk.

What are the symptoms of brain aneurysms? They can have no particular symptoms if they are small and can only be seen incidentally on a test of the brain. These rarely rupture and patients live a long life. When an unruptured aneurysm gets big and pushes on important cerebral nerves, the patient can get a headache, blurry vision, speech changes and severe neck pain. It all depends on where the aneurysm is and how big it is.

The symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm can come on suddenly and are a medical emergency. You need to call 911 or go to an emergency right away if you or someone you’re with have the following symptoms: sudden, severe headache that feels like the “worst headache of your life”, pain in the neck, sudden nausea and/or vomiting, light sensitivity, seizures, or fainting or loss of consciousness.

How is a brain aneurysm diagnosed? Many are discovered incidentally, while the patient is having a scan or other test for a completely different condition. They have no symptoms. If a brain aneurysm is suspected, the following tests are appropriate in the diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. Failure to do these tests in the suspicion of brain aneurysm is tantamount to malpractice. The tests to do include the following:

  • A CT scan, which can be done to identify areas of bleeding or an unruptured brain aneurysm.
  • A lumbar puncture can show blood around the spinal cord, which means there is a subarachnoid haemorrhage.
  • A CTA is a CT angiography, which more closely identifies the location and number of aneurysms. It is a better test than just doing a CT or just doing a cerebral angiography. Contrast dye is injected into the bloodstream and a CT scan is done to reveal the dye in the vessels.
  • Medical resonance angiography is like a CT scan angiogram but uses radio wave energy to show the pictures of the dye in the vessels of the brain. It makes the blood vessels show up much easier and the soft tissue of the brain shows up well.
  • A cerebral aneurysm is simple and involves the injection of dye into the arteries of the body and taking plain film x-ray to show the aneurysms, if they exist. A catheter is inserted into the groin and is threaded up into vessels near the brain. Pulses of dye are sent into the brain while pictures are taken by x-ray.

There are two main treatments of cerebral aneurysms, clipping and coiling procedures. In the clipping of brain aneurysms, open brain surgery is done and the aneurysm is located. Once found, it is clipped off so that it can’t fill with blood and can’t rupture. In a coiling procedure, a catheter is thread up into the aneurysm and a copper or other metal coil is released into the aneurysm. The aneurysm clots off and cannot rupture. These are delicate procedures that require a great deal of skill. If a neurosurgeon doesn’t feel skilled in doing the procedure, it shouldn’t be done.

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