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Brain Aneurysm Life Expectancy
I had coiling done on 5/13/13 for brain aneurysm. What if any restrictions apply to me for the rest of my life?
Coiling: As long as the aneurysm was completely treated and you have recovered from the procedure (the access site in the leg has healed) then you should be able to return to normal activities. Except smoking. Smoking effects blood vessels and is a known modifiable risk factor for the development of brain aneurysms. You should contact the surgeon who performed the procedure for any other concerns. ...Read more
Depends on her/hosp: This depends on her deficits, the hospital that is caring for her, and if they are staffed with an experienced interventionalist, a neurosurgeon and a critical care unit experienced in aneurysm care. These latter elements are critical in the ultimate outcome of aneurysm patients. If the hospital that is currently taking care of her doesn't have all of the above, demand transfer to one that does. ...Read more
Had brain surgery for an unruptured brain aneurysm 5 weeks ago. (coiled) when can I resume my sex life and also go to the gym. Thanks?
Soon: But get a better answer from your interventionalists or neurosurgeon since they know your anatomy specifcally. ...Read more
Yes: After a ruptured brain aneurysm, a patient can live a normal life after surgical/endovascular treatment of the aneurysm. It is important to secure the aneurysm and obliterate it to prevent a of re-bleed. Aggressive treatment up front to prevent potential causes of further insult to the brain are important-ie. Prevent rebleed, treat hydrocephalus, treat vasospasm (spasming of brain vessels post-bleed). ...Read more
Had brain aneurysm coiled 3 months ago. Have tumor on pituitary gland and postural hypertension! What are my chances of a long life? Thanks.
Normal MRI 3 years ago having tingling on head pain weakness can a brain aneurysm or other life threatning illness be possible in that length of time?
Have it evaluated: It is certainly possible that some of the headaches may be related to surgical healing. However, there are well known long term sequelae from brain aneurysms-particularly if there was a rupture. Delayed hydrocephalus is one of those where the fluid in the ventricles does not absorb as well. This can easily be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
I don't want to pass out, I'm really worried about a brain aneurysm. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
A brain aneurysm: Is an out pouching of one of the vessels inside of the brain. The biggest concern is if this were to rupture. This in turn, could cause a person to loose consciousness. Monitoring and a discussion with a neurosurgeon about risks and potential for surgery would be warranted depending on size and severity. ...Read more
Haven't exercised properly in 6 months, I'm terrified that if I work out I'll get a brain aneurysm or some sort of clot and die. But I need to get fit?
Crikey, Juan!: Exercising doesn't cause brain aneurysms. NOT exercising also doesn't cause brain aneurysms. Sedentary people are MORE likely to get "clots" than active people. A healthy 18-y/o has nothing to fear from exercise. It sounds like you have more of a problem with severe anxiety & catastrophic ideation than with exercise. You may want to consider addressing that. ...Read more
Yes: An aneurysm can cause a change in personality if it leaks or puts pressure on nearby brain tissue in the frontal lobes. It should be treated since it could rupture any time and be fatal. Recovery from a leaking aneurysm usually causes some change in the person but many times this gets better over a few years. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on size. If small, less frequently. If large, depends on location and symptoms. Sounds as if it is already being followed. Ask your doctor about frequency and indications for intervention. Doctor about thr. ...Read more
Depends: In the correct hands, brain aneurysm surgery is less risky than it used to be 20 years ago. Unfortunately, all brain aneurysm surgeries (clipping or coiling) carry a risk for stroke and hence cannot be classified as "safe" surgeries. They are moderate to high risks surgeries depending on the size of the aneurysm and the health of the patient. Ask your doctor for details. ...Read more
No problem until: Aneurysmal rupture, which can cause a stroke or widespread brain injury, which eventuates in cognitive loss and or speech problems. Big issue is not iq, it is survival if rupture does occur. A good neurosurgeon can save lives. And over the years, risk of normal pressure hydrocephalus, which can cause dementia. ...Read more
Your question is of the form:
Can A cause B?
A question of this form is almost always answered may be, because in order to answer yes or no, one has to be certain of cause and effect, which is rare in medicine.
The real question is:
How likely is the Aneurysm to rupture? This has been studied, and you should be able to find information on the web. ...Read more
You can tell: If it is a ruptured aneurysm, headache is classically so severe, it is described as "worst in my life", and is associated with stiff neck, nausea and vomiting and perhaps rapid coma. Although rarely, we have found aneurysms in migraine pts, in my opinion these were co-morbidities unrelated to the headaches. Some nonruptured aneurysms will cause eye changes as they expand, especially double vision. ...Read more
Bleeding most common: Other side- effects, along with bleeding risk, include possible milder headaches, and/or less commonly symptoms of mass effect from some larger and giant aneurysms. Mass effect symptoms can include double vision or even weakness on one side if the body in extreme cases. Lastly, and even less commonly, some partially clotted aneurysms can cause strokes. ...Read more
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