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Are brain aneurysms usually fatal?

Are brain aneurysms usually fatal?

Sometimes: There is good amount of study performed on the natural history of brain aneurysms. Aneurysms under 5 mm tend to have a low rate of rupture an hence not very dangerous. Conversely, the larger aneurysms (specially those larger than 1 cm) are very dangerous and every time they bleed kill 50% of the patients. Hence, if your aneurysm has not ruptured, it is important to discuss the risks with a md. ...Read more

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Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
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Brain Aneurysm (Definition)

A medical condition in which there is an outpouching of the wall of the blood vessel that supplies the brain. The most serious consequence of this outpouching is that the wall is weakened and can rupture, leading to massive ...Read more


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Are all brain tumors fatal?

Are all brain tumors fatal?

Not at all: There are numerous types of brain tumors, and some are benign, others are malignant. You need to know exactly what kind of tumor it is to assess likelihood of it being 'fatal.' Even if malignant, tumors can be treated and patients can survive for a period of time. Some brain tumors (meningioma, pituitary Adenomas) are usually quite benign and treatable. ...Read more

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Are brain aneurysms common in teens?

Are brain aneurysms common in teens?

1 in 50 people: Most develop after age of 40 years. Anyone can have a brain aneurism and it is usually asymptomatic unless it grows or ruptures. This is more likely to occur in adults and in adult women. Risk factors include hypertension, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse (cocaine). ...Read more

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Are ruptured brain anuerysms pretty similar to strokes?

Are ruptured brain anuerysms pretty similar to strokes?

Yes: Aneurysm rupture causes bleeding in the brain which is a subtype of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. There is another type of stroke which is called ischemic. It happens when blood supply to the brain gets cut off. ...Read more

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Are brain tumours usually heriditary?

Are brain tumours usually heriditary?

Rarely: Less than 5% of tumors are hereditary. Neurofibromatosis and von-hippel lindau syndromes can cause tumors, and there are rare families with meningiomas and gliomas. ...Read more

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Which is more common: brain aneurysms or brain tumors?

Which is more common: brain aneurysms or brain tumors?

Brain tumors: Brain tumors have an incidence of about 20.6/10, 000 while brain aneurysms have an incidence of 12/10, 000. ...Read more

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Where do headaches occur with brain tumours? Are they usually severe?

Where do headaches occur with brain tumours? Are they usually severe?

Morning: Brain tumors may not cause headaches but if they do they may be in the morning or associated with nausea and vomiting. They can be anywhere. ...Read more

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Are brain tumora rare. What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Are brain tumora rare. What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?

Uncommon: Brain Tumors affect over 10,000 people in the US each year, so they are not all that rare. The symptoms typically consisit of persistent Headaches which are new in onset and get progressively more severe over one or two months. Visual changes, sizures and loss of control of an arm or leg can also be the presenting symptoms. If there is strong suspicion it is easy to confirm with a CT or MRI scan ...Read more

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Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

Are congenital heart defects usually deadly?

No: In fact, most babies with congenital heart disease are expected to reach adulthood. Some of the more severe lesions have up to a 30% mortality in the first year, however these are less common than the more treatable defects. ...Read more

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How are brain tumors identified?

How are brain tumors identified?

Imaging & pathology: As others have noted the first step to finding a brain tumor is an imaging study such as ct or mri. The former is faster and cheaper but may miss small tumors. Once a tumor is found, a tissue diagnosis is needed, either open surgery or biopsy. This would require a neurosurgeon to tell you what is best. ...Read more

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Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Occasionally: Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. ...Read more

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Can having systemic MRSA cause brain aneurysms, heart aneurysms, or broken heart syndrome?

Can having systemic MRSA cause brain aneurysms, heart aneurysms, or broken heart syndrome?

Very rare: I am no aware of a brain or heart aneurism cause by a sepsis or bacteremia by mrsa. Can cause endocarditis, meningitis and encephalitis. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy(broken heart syndrome) is a rare cause of heart failure. Usually cause by a very intense emotional event. Severe infection, by some reference, a very rare cause. With actual evidence base data, i will answer no to your question. ...Read more

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What is blood vessel dissection? Can that cause brain aneurysms

What is blood vessel dissection? Can that cause brain aneurysms

Arterial dissection : Can result in a stroke in the distribution of the specific blood vessel, and could be profound if involving the carotid or vertebral. No relationship to aneurysms. ...Read more

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Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Why is the term glioblastoma used to describe all brain tumors if not all brain tumors are composed of glial?

Not all brain tumors: ...are glioblastomas. Glioblastoma multiforme is a high grade astrocytoma (or glioma). Astrocytoma said can also be low or intermediate grade depending on how they look under the microscope and their pattern and rate of growth. There are other types of brain tumors, such as mesotheliomas, which are not glial tumors. ...Read more

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How come primary brain tumors are rare?

How come primary brain tumors are rare?

Blood brain barrier: Among the more common tumor, exogenous factors are frequent. Breast, prostate and lymphoma mostly viral in origin, same for vial sarcomas, squamous hpv lesion. These factors don't seem to cross blood brain barrier. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain aneurysm?

What are symptoms of brain aneurysm?

Worst headache : Unfortunately, the most common symptom of aneurysms in the brain is when they rupture, which is often life threatening. Certain aneurysms can cause eye pain, for example, prior to rupture which can bring them to your attention sooner. ...Read more

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Are brain aneurysms usually fatal?

Sometimes: There is good amount of study performed on the natural history of brain aneurysms. Aneurysms under 5 mm tend to have a low rate of rupture an hence not very dangerous. Conversely, the larger aneurysms (specially those larger than 1 cm) are very dangerous and every time they bleed kill 50% of the patients. Hence, if your aneurysm has not ruptured, it is important to discuss the risks with a md. ...Read more

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Do you know are all brain aneurysm's fatal?

Do you know are all brain aneurysm's fatal?

No: The majority can be handled by medical therapy, and the bulk of the remaining can be treated by interventional techniques or surgery. While a rupture of a brain aneurysm can be fatal, a large number of these can handled medically or interventionally. ...Read more

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Nrmal mra 8 years ago. 2 of my 2nd degree paternl relatives had fatal brain aneurysms age 38 42. My doc says no repeat mra needed. What should I do?

Nrmal mra 8 years ago. 2 of my 2nd degree paternl relatives had fatal brain aneurysms age 38 42.  My doc says no repeat mra needed.  What should I do?

Difficult question: I think you should be screened - see: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/10648430 and: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/14752379 the fact that your relatives are 2nd degree relatives is reassuring. The fact is: no one knows the best screening frequency for this. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Seen stats on risk of hving two 1st degree fam with brain aneurysm bt what aboutmy risk having one 2nd and one 3rd deg die frm ba early40's?Pater side

Seen stats on risk of hving two 1st degree fam with brain aneurysm bt what aboutmy risk having one 2nd and one 3rd deg die frm ba early40's?Pater side

MRA/CTA: If you are so concerned about a cerebral artery aneurysm, just cut to the chase, get a mra /cta brain circle of willis and know for a fact if you do have any aneurysm or not. If you do have one then go see neurosurgeon and see if there is anything that can be done instead of wasting time speculating. ...Read more

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What is a brain aneurysm?

What is a brain aneurysm?

Artery wall bulge: Normally blood vessels are smooth and even like a sipping straw. Occasionally the wall weakens from age, trauma, atherosclerosis, plaque and the wall bulges out kind of like blowing bubblegum. The wall becomes thinner than normal thus is prone to rupture which allows for bleeding to occur. Aneurysms can occur on any artery cerebral ( brain) is common, renal, aortic size is important. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain aneurysm?

Worst headache : Unfortunately, the most common symptom of aneurysms in the brain is when they rupture, which is often life threatening. Certain aneurysms can cause eye pain, for example, prior to rupture which can bring them to your attention sooner. ...Read more

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How often can brain aneurysms occur?

Brain aneurysm: Estimated incidence is 1-6% of the population. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

How to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

You may not: A simple stable aneurysm of a cerebral artery can have no symptoms at all the rupture causing a " thunder clap" inyou head followed by intense headache and changes in consciousness. Occ siezures may occur and vomiting. If you are having frequent heaaches or trusl suspect something see a neurologist get a cat of the brain or cerebral angio depending on the neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of brain aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of brain aneurysm?

Cerebral aneurysm : Cerebral aneurysm can lead to a sudden and unusually severe headache, nausea, vision impairment, vomiting, and loss of consciousness, or it can be asymptomatic. Ruptured aneurysm lead to severe headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and headache. It can also cause stroke like weakness and sometimes seizures. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving a brain aneurysm?

How likely is surviving a brain aneurysm?

Approximately 50%: If it ruptures. Unruptured aneurysms carry a .05-20% risk of bleeding per year. The wide variation in risk is due to aneurysm size, location, shape, and ongoing scientific controversies. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain aneurysm.?

Size & location: It depends on the location, the size, the rate of growth & whether it has leaked or ruptured. Throbbing headaches which stay in one location are common but must be distinguished from migraine. New onset seizure, partial loss of vision or symptoms of stroke are other typical presentations but none are specific. Ct or MRI can rule in/out an aneurysm reliably. ...Read more

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What ca cause an unruptured brain aneurysm?

What ca cause an unruptured brain aneurysm?

Cerebral aneurysm: read this: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_aneurysm/detail_cerebral_aneurysms.htm

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How could i know if I have a brain aneurysm?

How could i know if I have a brain aneurysm?

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 on important brain structures. Oftentimes, brain vessel scans, (cta, mra or catheter angiography) may show an aneurysm. Most aneurysms discovered by accident don't need treatment. Mra would be recommended for screening. ...Read more

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If you had a brain aneurysm how would you know?

May not know: Often asymptomatic. Can cause severe headache, visual changes, stiff neck, and other focal neurological abnormalities if the aneurysm is large enough or ruptures. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i die of a brain aneurysm?

Please tell me, could i die of a brain aneurysm?

If it ruptures: Having a brain aneurysm does not automatically mean you will die. If it ruptures, then there is a 40-75% chance of death. Treatment has advanced a lot in the last 10-15 years and can help prevent this from happening. See your doctor to find out more information. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an unruptured brain aneurysm?

How to tell if I have an unruptured brain aneurysm?

Neuro symptoms: Large unruptured aneurysms may present with symptoms of mass effect such as weakness or numbness or dilation of a pupil on one side. Most, however are small aneurysms and you will not know you have it without an mri/mra or a ctangiogram. These are specialized studies that have to be directed at the arteries of the brain. Family history or polycystic kidney disease increases the risk of an aneurysm. ...Read more

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Coiling or clipping, which is better for brain aneurysm?

Coiling or clipping, which is better for brain aneurysm?

Depends: Coiling is less invasive and associated with a much more rapid recovery than clipping. There is also evidence from prospective randomized trials that short term outcomes are better in coiling small ruptured aneurysms in certain pts. Clipping is more definitive with better long term aneurysm occlusion than coiling, however. This is particularly important in pts younger than 40 years old. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a brain aneurysm or not?

Is there a way to know if I have a brain aneurysm or not?

Usually asymptomatic: Brain aneurysms are usually asymptomatic. Autopsy studies suggest up to 10% of the population may have an unruptured brain aneurysm. These usually come to light when a patient presents with a devastating bleed and "the worst headache of their life".Routine screening(brain mri/mra) is not done unless there is a family history of brain aneurysms.Detailed doctor's exam may find some hints of aneurysm. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you're having a brain aneurysm?

What would you do to decide if you're having a brain aneurysm?

Sudden headache: Brain aneurysms are usually undetected except when they rupture. When this happens it is cataclysmic with the sudden onset of the "worst headache of ones life". This can lead to neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, nausea/vomiting, coma. The headache is often described as a "thunderclap" headache. Immediate medical attention shoudl be sought. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more