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Dr. Michael Chen

Neurology
Chicago, IL
23 years experience male

Locations

University Neurosurgery

Chicago, IL

Address

1725 W Harrison St, # 855, Chicago, IL
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Technically, I strive to be the best neuroendovascular surgeon, but at the same time I will be the first to say that a procedure may not be necessary. At the core of everything I do is to provide the best care for my patients. I've been in academic practice now for ten years.

Specialties
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Neurology

Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Usually asymptomatic: If ruptured, generally the worst headache of your life and sometimes coma. If unruptured, usually asymptomatic. Please refer to the brain aneury... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Good question: If you have high blood pressure, propranolol, among other medications, if the BP can be lowered, can help prevent the progression of brain aneurysms. ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Yes, but low risk: Surveillance imaging is generally recommended with gradually increasing intervals because of this possibility. Smoking cessation and blood pressure c... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Good question: With improved resolution of noninvasive brain vascular imaging, cta and mras are becoming increasingly used because they provide helpful information a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
I suppose so: Strokes and tias are, at their underlying cause, basically the same thing. Both involve clots impairing blood flow to brain cells. Tias are just whe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Yes: Family history of stroke. Hypertension. Diabetes. Elevated cholesterol. Smoker. Excessive alcohol use. Coronary artery disease. Carotid artery ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Unlikely: This is a tough question to answer because poisoning could be caused by so many things. Nevertheless, brain aneurysms are generally thought to be acq... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Neurological exam: This refers to the pronator drift. A examination maneuver to detect subtle weakness on one side. Most people keep both arms up even with eyes closed... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Brain blood vessel: Generally people are born with brain arteriovenous malformations (avm). If found by accident, any kind of treatment should be considered carefully an... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Most of the time: Weather conditions are quite important. The speed gained by helicopter transport can be important in improving the odds that urgent treatment can be ... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Probably not: Brain aneurysms are usually acquired, and peak incidence for rupture is in the early 50s. Very unusual in the 20s, even with a family history. Perha... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Unknown: Average age of rupture of brain aneurysms is 52. It likely takes a few years but this is so variable. Aneurysms are rarely seen in kids or people le... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Unknown: Average age of rupture of brain aneurysms is 52. It likely takes a few years but this is so variable. Aneurysms are rarely seen in kids or people le... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Possibly: Coarctation of the aorta may lead to increased hydrostatic pressure in the vessels leading to the brain and therefore may pose a risk for cerebral ane... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Yes: It has to be an MRA, magnetic resonance angiogram, which looks at the blood vessels and not just the brain tissue, which would be a MRI. CTA can also... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Many: An ususual, severe headache unlike anything you've experienced before would suggest a rupture, and a ct scan is the way to diagnose this. Otherwise, ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
MRA more definitive: If the mra is negative, you can probably be rest-assured that you don't have an aneurysm. A ct angiogram of the brain provides higher resolution. Th... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
No: If someone is having an ischemic stroke, ambulance is the best way to go to the er. Driving yourself is not advisable. Paramedics can institute appr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Not directly: Air pollution takes its toll mostly on the lungs. If it leads to stress, and elevated blood pressure, then the hypertension can contribute to stroke.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Inability to speak: Aphasia after stroke occurs after the portion of the brain that controls language is injured from insufficient blood flow (often a clot). Afterwards,... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
May be caffeine: May be that you have caffeine withdrawal headaches because you drink coffee at work but not when you have a day off.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Possible: The odds are difficult to predict once a cerebral aneurysm bleeds, but in general, not something you would want to take. Avms that bleed usually are ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Usually asymptomatic: If ruptured, generally the worst headache of your life and sometimes coma. If unruptured, usually asymptomatic. Please evaluate our guide for wo... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Endovascular: You probably mean endovascular surgery, where they treat the aneurysm from within the blood vessels via a small incision in the crease in the groin. ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
You need answers: Yes, the phrase, "live with it, " is not very helpful. A more detailed understanding of what may be causing your headaches, what to expect, and strat... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Intermittent sharp: Intermittent, sharp pain that starts suddenly in the center of the upper belly, sometimes spreading. It is hard to get comfortable. Moving around do... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Area of research: There are several processes thought to contribute to the formation of a brain aneurysm, rarely a single process. Some rare connective tissue diseases... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Proceed carefully: The majority of the patients i see with newly diagnosed aneurysms are managed conservatively, or without an interventional procedure. There are sever... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Great question: This is actually an area of great interest for research. Smoking is thought to contribute to weaknening of the arteries and this is an important risk... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Bare minimum: As long as the mra was of good quality and reviewed by someone who is experienced in neuroradiology. If it is in fact normal, given your two relative... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Possibly: The general recommendation is for screening with noninvasive brain vascular imaging if you have two first degree relatives with brain aneurysms. You ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
I think worthwhile: Chances are on your side. Anxiety, understandably, is a significant issue that accompanies a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. You should continue ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Brain aneurysm: A cavernous aneurysm is a common finding that if truly cavernous, indicates that it is located outside of the brain and generally carries a benign pro... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Arterial tear: An uncommon cause of stroke, but among younger patients, it is one of the most common. Sometimes spontaneously, sometimes after an activity that invo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Possibly: Coarctation of the aorta may lead to increased hydrostatic pressure in the vessels leading to the brain and therefore may pose a risk for cerebral ane... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Not really: Eegs are nonspecific and mostly helpful to detect seizure like activity. Awake and varying levels of sleep are also reliably detected. Thinking diff... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Possibly: Brain aneurysms are acquired over time with the average age of rupture, in both genders, of age 52. It is very unusual in teenagers and people in the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
MRI and autism: No, but an MRI is still important to evaluate for additional, oftentimes structural lesions that can cause symptoms that may be similar to autism. Us... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Unknown: Average age of rupture of brain aneurysms is 52. It likely takes a few years but this is so variable. Aneurysms are rarely seen in kids or people le... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Brain vessel scan: You might be asking because of a family history. Most brain aneurysms are discovered after they have either ruptured or become large enough to push o... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Chances on your side: Chances are on your side. Anxiety, understandably, is a significant issue that accompanies a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. You should continue ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Low likelihood: A useful answer to this question would entail evaluating more closely the details of your case, past medical history, details of your imaging study. ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Depends: It depends on the original anatomy of the aneurysm and the grade of occlusion (sealing) of the original treatment which often dictates the type (invas... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
I think worthwhile: I think given your family history, it may be reasonable to obtain a 3t tof mra (no radiation, no contrast so very safe) every five years. Particularl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Probably not: Brain aneurysms are usually acquired, and peak incidence for rupture is in the early 50s. Very unusual in the pediatric population, even with a famil... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
Unlikely: Brain aneurysms are acquired, rare in the pediatric population. Average age of rupture of brain aneurysms in large series of thousands of patients, r... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology 23 years experience
See a specialist: See a physician who specializes in the management of patients with brain aneurysms. Screening can be done with an mra of the brain, which involves no... Read More

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Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, HI
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL
Completed 2003

Awards

Brain Aneurysm Foundation Grant

Affiliations

Society for Neurointerventional Surgery
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