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What are some causes for brain aneurysms?

What are some causes for brain aneurysms?

Many factors: There are many conditions and factors that can lead to the formation of brain aneurysms. The most common are smoking and uncontrolled high blood pressure. There are also genetic conditions including connective tissue disorders and polycystic kidney disease that can lead to aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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How quickly do brain aneurysms develop?

How quickly do brain aneurysms develop?

Middle Age: Most occur in 30-60 year olds, seldom in children. Female > males. Run in family's and Increased in smokers and Cocaine abusers (Hypertension) ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of brain aneurysms?

What is the most common cause of brain aneurysms?

Genetics: Defect in cerebral arterial walls which are often genetically determined, especially at branch points of the major brain arteries are the locations from which aneurysms arise. Hypertension and cigarette smoking are also big risk factors, especially hypertension. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of brain aneurysms?

What are the most common symptoms of brain aneurysms?

Hope symptoms occur: It is well known that most aneurysms announce presence with acute rupture and subarachnoid hemorrhage with rather high mortality rate. Early signs may include unilateral pupillary dilatation, possible double vision, maybe migraine type headaches, rarely a small sentinel bleed causing a stiff neck, possible transient ischemic stroke like symptoms. Major headache, nausea, vomiting stiff neck usual. ...Read more

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What are some facts I should know about brain aneurysms?

What are some facts I should know about brain aneurysms?

Best to avoid: Typically occur at vessels near base of brain, but can occur elsewhere. Most are congenital berry aneurysms, but some may be acquired later in life secondary to uncontrolled hypertension. The small ones are benign usually, unless they are infected, such as mycotic (bacterial endocarditis).. Seems that those larger than 9mm have a greater tendency to burst. If bleed occurs, it is an emergency. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are known leads to for brain aneurysms?

Could you tell me what are known leads to for brain aneurysms?

3 main causes...: Congenital (born with it), trauma, and atherosclerotic disease. Those are the main causes. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of brain aneurysms?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of brain aneurysms?

"Worst headache": Rupture and bleeding with severe headache. 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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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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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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How do doctors detect brain aneurysms?

Brain aneurysms: The two most common diagnostic techniques are via an MRI or cerebral angiogram;. A CT can also sometimes be used. ...Read more

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Why is sinusitis the number one misdiagnoses for brain aneurysms?

Why is sinusitis the number one misdiagnoses for brain aneurysms?

That is not true.: I am a practicing Neurosurgeon that actively treats brain aneurysms. I have never had someone see me for aneurysm that had been misdiagnosed for sinusitis. In all my readings, I have not come across such ideas. ...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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Can CT scans detect brain aneurysms?

Can CT scans detect brain aneurysms?

Depends: Size and exact location. Some may require angio to demonstrate. ...Read more

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