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Calcified Brain Aneurysm
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
Berry aneurysm: The most common and classic brain aneurysm is the berry or saccular aneurysm. These appear as a ballooning at the branchpoints of cerebral vessels typically at the base of the brain in the circle of willis. These are usually asymptomatic until there is a devastating hemorrhage from them. The treatment is to obliterate the aneurysm with surgery or endovascular (coiling techniques). ...Read more
No: Prognosis is bad if untreated, undetected. 25 % will die immediatly, 25 % later in hospital stay, 25 % will have severe neurological problems. Early detection early intervention had good prognosis add to w**f I am glad you survived, early intervention is the answer good luck. ...Read more
Most asymptomatic: Rupture with bleeding is most common symptom with severe headache. Other side- effects, 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 stroke. ...Read more
Vessel swelling: Aneurysms are swellings of arteries which cannot withstand the internal pressure. A brain aneurysm is such a thing in an artery of the brain. Some are inherited. The risk is that the swelling gets too big and pushes things around or breaks through the wall pouring blood under pressure into the brain and causing damage or death depending upon which vessel has the aneurysm. ...Read more
An unruptured aneurysm may have no symptoms, if it is large it may press on the brain and cause pain behind the eyeas, double vision, weakness on one side of face, drooping eye lid and dilated pupil
leakin aneurysm may cause sudden severe headache. And ruptured aneurysm causes extremely severe headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, seizures, confusion, stiff neck, ptosis, and loss of consciousness. ...Read more
Congenital: The classic teaching has been that there is a congenital defect in the walls of the blood vessels from which the aneurysm arises. This is at the juncture of the vessels usually at the base of the skull in what is called the circle of willis. This allows the growth of the aneurysm over time. This is exacerbated by hypertension or smoking. Persons with polycystic kidney disease have increased risk. ...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
Aneurysms & Stroke: An aneurysm is the result of a weakened blood vessel wall which causes the vessel to expand to an abnormal size. When it gets big enough it has the potential to rupture. If it's a brain aneurysm, then it can rupture and cause bleeding into the brain. A stroke is cellular death within the brain which can cause a variety of neurological problems. Aneurysms don't necessarily produce any symptoms. ...Read more
Unlikely: Most aneurysms occur in patients in their 50s-69s although they can happen at any age. It is unlikely to have one at 14. Depending on why you think you have one and if other family members have had brain aneurysms or if you have connective tissue disorders, screening my be advocated. ...Read more