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Doctor insights on: Carotid Ophthalmic Artery Aneurysm

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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I have a 4mm superior/medial un-ruptured aneurysm on my ophthalmic artery. Is there any research on life- expectancy post-op? Considering monitoring..

I have a 4mm superior/medial un-ruptured aneurysm on my ophthalmic artery. Is there any research on life- expectancy post-op? Considering monitoring..

Bigger issue likely: Loss of vision & hemorrhagic stroke if/when the aneurysm ruptures/treated, not death. Glad issue was found, 4 mm is quite large for this small artery, thus inherently thin wall. Some intracranial aneurysms can be clotted closed by placing a coil within the aneurysm. All highly dependent on the the individual, individual situation & the skill of the medical personnel offering different options. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

Few: Abnormal pulsation in the neck, prominent visible structure in the neck, otherwise these aneurysms produce no symptoms. Rarely tia's or stroke sx are noted. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

I was wondering what are the signs for carotid artery aneurysm?

Subtle: The physical signs include a pulsatile neck mass. Otherwise, the findings are generally what you would expect from carotid disease in general. Since this a specific question, it soynds like you see something now. Follow up with your doctor for an examination and probably a carotid ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have a supraclinoid left internal carotid artery aneurysm? What is it and should I be worried thanks

I have a supraclinoid left internal carotid artery aneurysm? What is it and should I be worried thanks

See: Brainaneurysm. Com and taafonline. Org for good info. Seek treatment plan from a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I have pain on the right side at the base of my skull. I had an uruptured aneurysm coiled a year ago on my right carotid artery is this why?

I have pain on the right side at the base of my skull. I had an uruptured aneurysm coiled a year ago on my right carotid artery is this why?

Not likely: If you've had an angiogram 2 wks ago showing all was ok, doubtful the pain is from the aneurysm. They need to look for other causes, ie muscle strain or disc problem in neck, stress, etc. See your doctor and ask them what else could be causing these symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months. What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months. What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Ask UR cardiologist: Whoever is following you medically needs to be involved in this discussion, as their recommendations is what you'll need to follow closely. Give your doctor a call, and she what s/he says. You don't want to aggrevate the remaining 2 mm aneursym present. This is a great question, and glad you are exercising carefully! ...Read more

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If an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery, can it cause an aneurysm?

If an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery, can it cause an aneurysm?

No: It doesn't stop in the carotid (which is a large artery). It keeps right on moving until it comes to a vessel that's too small for passage and then it becomes lodged there and obstructs circulation. Since the carotids supply the brain, these emboli cause strokes. ...Read more

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As soon as an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery can it cause an aneurysm?

As soon as an embolus travels through the heart and up a carotid artery can it cause an aneurysm?

Blockage: Usually an embolus from the heart to the carotids causes obstruction of blood flow either in the carotid artery or other blood vessels feeding the brain. An aneurysm can occur without blockage or embolus and is usually related to an abnormality in the wall of the blood vessel. ...Read more

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Paraophthalmic aneurysm the same as carotid artery in the brain? Are more risks associated if the carotid artery is coiled like visual disturbances?

Paraophthalmic aneurysm the same as carotid artery in the brain? Are more risks associated if the carotid artery is coiled like visual disturbances?

Around Eye: Para ophthalmic is around the eye. So if the aneurysm of the artery is around the eye it may cause stroke by effecting the blood supply to certain brain area. ...Read more

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Will undergo an MRI of the aorta. Will the doc c all of the aorta from iliac to the carotid arteries? And will they c aneurysms of carotid arteris?

Maybe: Depends on the technique they employ. It is certainly entirely possible to accurately see the carotids if they include it in the field of view. ...Read more

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Pea sized lump on area of scm in neck, for 2 months Hard to move Could this be aneurysm of carotid artery? Will see doc next week, want to ease nerves

Pea sized lump on area of scm in neck, for 2 months Hard to move Could this be aneurysm of carotid artery? Will see doc next week, want to ease nerves

Easy does it: A firm palpable lump on the anterior neck is very unlikely to be related to the carotid. If it is pulsating, that would be more worrisome. ...Read more

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Can you see a carotid artery aneurysm on a neck ct scan with contrast?

Yes: Yes, if the CT protocol is correct and you are talking about IV contrast and especially if you are talking about a CT angiogram (CTA). A carotid duplex ultrasound would also show it without radiation. ...Read more

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Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery. Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Noticed a pulsating lump in neck, feels like it is directly to the side of carotid artery. Aneurysm or not likely? Clean cervical MRI 6 months ago.

Extremely unlikely: This lump may be due to a curve in the artery or just being closer to the skin. It may not even be the artery! An ultrasound of the carotid arteries will tell the story and is safe and painless. ...Read more

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I have a hard pulsating knot in my carotid artery my doctor thinks it's a swollen lymph node but I think it's a carotid aneurysm nobody will tak me ER?

I have a hard pulsating knot in my carotid artery my doctor thinks it's a swollen lymph node but I think it's a carotid aneurysm nobody will tak me ER?

Not an aneurysm: It is not an aneurysm. You have an expert opinion. You think at age 17 you know better than the doctor who examined you? Unnecessary care in the ER could cost thousands of dollars. An aneurysm is not hard and it is not experienced as you describe. This thought is an obsession in your mind. It does not make it real because you think so. ...Read more

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I have a small aneurysm, 5mm, in the carotid artery, facing the right eye and high blood pressure. Is lozartan 100mg-12.5 mg, adecuate to lower my blood pr?

I have a small aneurysm, 5mm, in the carotid artery, facing the right eye and high blood pressure. Is lozartan 100mg-12.5 mg, adecuate to lower my blood pr?

It is a start: I would check with your pcp what kind of blood pressure control you are having before deciding what is the best way to change it. That being said, a 5mm aneurysm is big enough for treatment so you should be evaluated further in regards to this. ...Read more

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Can L-carotid artery hypoplasia cause temporary R-eye blindness? CTA, CT, MRI show only L-side abnormalities and a 3mm aneurysm

Can L-carotid artery hypoplasia cause temporary R-eye blindness? CTA, CT, MRI show only L-side abnormalities and a 3mm aneurysm

Transient vision: Given provided information it is unlikely; the specific etiology however needs delineation so pleased to follow through with your ordering physicians until the mechanism is uncovered. ...Read more

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Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...Read more

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Was originally told I had a dissection of my internal carotid artery.... Now being told it is a pseudo aneurism..... What exactly is the difference?

Was originally told I had a dissection of my internal carotid artery.... Now being told it is a pseudo aneurism..... What exactly is the difference?

See below: An pseudoaneurysm is when there is a breach in the blood vessel (usually due to injury), but the bleeding gets trapped by the surrounding tissue forming a hematoma. A dissection is actual tearing of the layers of the carotid artery - in this case. In general terms, dissection tends to be more of a surgical issue. In both cases, treatment depends on the size, etiology of the condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is?

Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is?

See / Feel Node: A carotid artery anuerysm requires a scan of the area. Barring a hematoma/lymphangioma, most often if you can feel it, it is round in nature, it is most likely the lymph node. It is more than likely, especially in the teenage population, the lymph node. ...Read more

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My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me?

Aneurysm doubtful: An aneurysm is very unlikely. You may have an inflammatory condition or vasculitis. Generally, arteries don't hurt unless inflamed. An ultrasound would be the first step. Make an appointment with a vascular surgeon, but, you will not likely need surgery. ...Read more

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My mo 49yrs, had endovascular coiling for intracranial anuerysm of carotid artery a week ago. Now coin size purple clots behind knees of both legs.??

My mo 49yrs, had endovascular coiling for intracranial anuerysm of carotid artery a week ago. Now coin size purple clots behind knees of both legs.??

Call the doctor: Best to call the doctor that performed the procedure right away. If unavailable, call your primary care. If still unavailable, may need to go to the emergency room, especially if there is swelling in the legs. May be nothing, but complications are always possible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I underwent Celiac artery aneurysm embolization by coil occlusion. It was successful but can I suffer complications later? I'm 44 and concerned

I underwent Celiac artery aneurysm embolization by coil occlusion. It was successful but can I suffer complications later? I'm 44 and concerned

Isolated celiac: artery aneurysm is a rare condition. You should be happy that embolization was successful. I don't think you will suffer any remote complications from the procedure itself. Major concern would be development of any other aneurysms in other parts of your body, such as brain or any genetic defect. It seems unlikely that this celiac artery aneurysm was caused by atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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I have a small brain aneurysm in the anterior communicating artery, I'm scared of coiling, or anything more invasive, I'm hoping for some opinions?

Be informed: Whether or not to treat the aneurysm depends on several factors including the size of the aneurysm and whether or not you have other health problems. The two best options for the aneurysm are coiling or open surgery. The aneurysm may be more amenable to one or the other depending on size and geometry. In experienced hands, both procedures are pretty safe, although not completely risk free. ...Read more

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I have a 2mm aneurysm on anterior comm artery. I'm 36, healthy. No surgery b/c it's too small. What can I do to prevent rupture. So much anxiety. Help?

I have a 2mm aneurysm on anterior comm artery. I'm 36, healthy. No surgery b/c it's too small. What can I do to prevent rupture. So much anxiety. Help?

The most important: Step is to make sure your blood pressure is well controlled. Also, follow your doctors recommendations for surveillance of the aneurism. Finally, to protect the health of your coronary arteries, follow a healthy diet and get regular moderate exercise. For more info check out mayoclinic. Org->patient care->health info->healthy lifestyle->nutrition. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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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