Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure to correct an aneurysm, a weak area in a blood vessel wall that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out and sometimes burst (rupture). It may cause:
-Bleeding into an area around the brain -Bleeding in the brain that forms a collection of blood (hematoma)
If an aneurysm in the brain ruptures, it is a medical emergency often requiring surgery. Endovascular repair is more often used when this happens. A person may have an aneurysm but have no symptoms and are detected accidentally while a CT scan or MRI is performed for some another reason. Not all aneurysms need to be treated right away. Aneurysms that have never bled and are very small do not need to be treated right away. These aneurysms are less likely to break open.
Advantages: Aneurysms can be corrected with surgeries successfully and its re-growth can be prevented.
How is brain aneurysm diagnosed?
The diagnosis of brain aneurysm begins with an acute onset of the headache, associated with a stiff neck and an ill-appearing patient on physical examination. This typically leads the doctor to order a CT (computerized tomography) scan of the head. This will show a haemorrhage in more than 90% of cases of leaking aneurysm.
What is the treatment for brain aneurysm?
Treatment for a symptomatic aneurysm is to repair the blood vessels. Clipping and coiling are two treatment options.
Which procedure is best?
Both open clipping and coiling are effective. The best treatment is based on factors such as aneurysm has ruptured its size, shape and location. Like all medical decisions, the best treatment option shall be by your physician.
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