A brain aneurysm is also called cerebral aneurysm and it occurs when the artery which transports blood to the brain is bulged or ballooned. A brain aneurysm can be ruptured and if it is happened it may cause stroke and requires emergency medical intervention. However in most cases, a brain aneurysm indicates no symptoms and do not rupture.
What are the symptoms of brain aneurysms?
An unrupted brain aneurysm usually indicates no symptoms and it is unnoticable. Still when it becomes a large aneurysm it may cause some symptoms such as:
- Partial facial paralysis
- Double vision
- Severe pain behinde the eyes
- Enlarged pupils
Despite the unrupted brain aneurysm, a ruptured brain aneursym demonstrates many symptoms and it requires emergency medical intervention.
Some of the symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm are:
- Severe headaches
- Speech disorders
- Double vision
- Loss of consciousness
How is a brain aneurysm diagnosed?
There are many diagnostic tests such as:
- Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Cerebral angiogram
- Brain CT
What are the treatment options for brain aneurysms?
If you have a ruptured aneurysm you need emergency treatment.Today there are two common options to treat this type of brain aneurysm; Surgical Clipping and Endovascular Coiling.
- Surgical clipping: During this procedure a specially-designed clip is used. This clip is placed to block the flow of blood.
- Endovascular coiling: During this procedure a catheter is placed into a blood vessel and this catheter serve as a bridge to reach the inside of aneurysm. Then coils are placed into the aneurysm to block the flow of blood.
- Unruptured brain aneurysm: If you have an unrupted brain aneurysm surgical clipping and endovascular coiling can also be performed or you may be advised medication treatment. Your treatment options depend on factors such as size of the aneurysm, place of the aneurys and your overall health.