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A 40-year-old member asked:

what symptoms would i see if i have a cerebral aneurysm?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Neurologic: Usually headache or compressive symptoms if it is intact, or stroke if it is ruptured.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Interventional Radiology 28 years experience
Various symptoms: You can have a headache, cranial nerve deficits, a hemorrhagic stroke if ruptured. A majority of patients are asymptomatic.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Usually none: Many people have aneurysms, few ever give symptoms. Symptoms are severe headache followed by neurological signs in case of rupture, cranial nerve damage can be caused by pressure from an expanding aneurysm. If in doubt see your neurosurgeon.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is a cerebral aneurysm?

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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Blood vessel dilatio: An aneurysm is a problem of a blood vessel where the wall is weak or injury, causing it to bulge outward like a balloon. Cerebral means in the brain. Cerebral aneursyms can lead to blood clots or bleeding in the brain, often referred to as a type of "stroke", or medically, a cerebro-vascular accident (cva). Sometimes they can be left alone, other times they need surgery.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
As Dr. MacKenzie states, some aneurysms can be observed without surgery. Every cerebral aneurysm needs an evaluation by a neurosurgeon. There are no exceptions to this rule. Let your neurosurgeon decide for sure if your aneurysm can be watched or needs some type of intervention.
Feb 12, 2012
Dr. Eric Wang
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Agree w/ Dr. Armstrong. Re: Dr. MacKenzie, I note that ruptured aneurysm and bleeding is the true risk; clots are not and in fact, treatment of aneurysms is often the CREATION of a clot in the aneurysm. Also, the best, up to date medical term for aneurysm bleeding is "hemorrhagic infarct." The terms "CVA" and "stroke" are not ideal and replaced by "brain attack" and "infarct."
Feb 12, 2012
Dr. John Lipman
Dr. John Lipman commented
Radiology 36 years experience
There is also a non-surgical way to treat aneurysms. There are Interventional Radiologists (physicians that specialize in non-surgical targeted treatments all over the body using imaging guidance) that have special expertise in this area. They obtain additional training and are caled Interventional Neuroradiologists (IN). You can seek an opinion from both a neurosurgeon and an IN.
Feb 20, 2012
A 39-year-old member asked:

Should I still go to work if I have cerebral aneurysm?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Yes: Just detecting a small aneurysm on mri, without symptoms is not a good reason to quit.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor sees somebody for cerebral aneurysm?

3 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Neurosurgeon: Sometimes intervention radiology can treat , but always in cooperation with neurosurgery.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of cerebral aneurysm?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
BP control: Cerebral aneurysms are caused by defects in the wall of the cerebral arteries usually at bifurcations and branch points. Approximately 90 %of the ruptured aneurysms are in the anterior circulation. Poorly controlled blood pressure is the most common trigger that initiates rupture. Not all aneurysms rupture, small aneurysms less than 5 mm typically do not need surgery/coiling, but must be followed.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is cerebral aneurysm?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John h Rees
Radiology 40 years experience
Cerebral aneurysm: An cerebral aneurysm is a focal outpouching or dilation of a portion of an artery providing blood to the brain.

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