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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


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Was in school &got brief tightness on lower section of skull. Neck fluttered right underneath it. No pain, but scared it's a tumor/aneurysm. I'm 18 : (?

Was in school &got brief tightness on lower section of skull. Neck fluttered right underneath it. No pain, but scared it's a tumor/aneurysm. I'm 18 : (?

Expected 2B benign: This kind of symptom would almost certainly be from a muscle. None of my patients with tumors or aneurysms ever mentioned this.

Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Stiff upper neck for a few days coupled with tingling in fingertips. The hypochondriac in me fears aneurysm. (do have gad). Other possible causes?

Stiff upper neck for a few days coupled with tingling in fingertips. The hypochondriac in me fears aneurysm. (do have gad). Other possible causes?

Hypochondriasis: Is a terrible condition. You might become convinced you have every disease you read about on the internet!

why not see your doctor for a check-up. There are so many causes, you can spend countless hours on the internet looking for something to worry about.

Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. Ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. Ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

Unlikely aneurysm: Could be due to dental or jaw, but maybe neck issue or thoracic outlet syndrome. Get this examined, just to be safe, and maybe your doctor will order testing to reassure you. Migraine is another possibility, and depending on cause, treatment should be quite successful. ...Read more

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Small, hard lump on the back right side of my neck. Not painful but doesn't seem to be attached to the skin. I'm worried it could be an aneurysm?

Small, hard lump on the back right side of my neck. Not painful but doesn't seem to be attached to the skin. I'm worried it could be an aneurysm?

Not an aneurysm: Most likely a sebaceous cyst or lipoma. See dermatologist for removal. Not malignant but grows over time and becomes cosmetically unacceptable ...Read more

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Could this be an aneurysm? Cannot bend over due to severe, alarming throbbing in head & neck. Have to sleep with 3 pillows. SOB as well.

Could this be an aneurysm? Cannot bend over due to severe, alarming throbbing in head & neck. Have to sleep with 3 pillows. SOB as well.

Mgt: I would suggest seeing your PCP today, these are serious symptoms which may be related to a cardiovascular problem. Other conditions which may cause shortness of breath include a pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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I have a non smooth brain wide neck aneurysm 4.7 x 5.4 cm. At the right MCA bifurcation. Inferior aspect is dysplastic. Does this require surgery?

I have a non smooth brain wide neck aneurysm 4.7 x 5.4 cm. At the right MCA bifurcation. Inferior aspect is dysplastic. Does this require surgery?

You will need to: Consult with a neurosurgeon. It may be possible for a interventional radiologist to perform a non-invasive procedure using platinum coils, thus avoiding a craniotomy. Consult with a Neurosurgeon. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Quick sharp headache on left side, lasts 3-5 seconds. I work on a computer 10hrs/day in constant neck pain. Sharp pain makes me worry about aneurysm.

Quick sharp headache on left side, lasts 3-5 seconds. I work on a computer 10hrs/day in constant neck pain. Sharp pain makes me worry about aneurysm.

Cervicogenic pain: Is a very common headache secondary to neck involvement. Cervicogenic headache is a unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache that was often radiated in the orbital and frontal areas. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Pain localized to base of skull on right side. Painto turn neck, intermittent, with nausea. Quite intense. Massage no help aneurysm? Last question thanx

Unlikely: Spasmodic torticollis is more likely. Aneurysms don't hurt till they burst and then there are more symptoms than just pain. ...Read more

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Is a brain aneurysm or bleed on the brain rare at 19? I get headaches, sharp shooting pains and dull tension pains. I sometimes get stiff neck.

Is a brain aneurysm or bleed on the brain rare at 19? I get headaches, sharp shooting pains and dull tension pains. I sometimes get stiff neck.

Yes: A brain aneurysm or bleed on the brain is rare at ANY age. I can't figure why you'd jump straight to aneurysm or bleed on the brain when there are st least half a dozen wholly benign and common causes of your symptoms. I think you can safely look for somerhing else to worry about. ...Read more

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For a while now ive been getting this sharp pain in my neck and head that comes and goes. Could it be a pinched nerve or aneurysm?

For a while now ive been getting this sharp pain in my neck and head that comes and goes. Could it be a pinched nerve or aneurysm?

The potential: Diagnoses for this symptom are quite extensive and include pinched nerve or aneurysm. You should see a health care professional for a thorough review of the historical information and a physical exam along with additional testing to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My girlfriend who is 27 has a brain aneurysm. It is 3mm big and can not be coiled because it has a wide neck...How safe is the pipeline procedure?

My girlfriend who is 27 has a brain aneurysm. It is 3mm big and can not be coiled because it has a wide neck...How safe is the pipeline procedure?

Proceed carefully: The majority of the patients I see with newly diagnosed aneurysms are managed conservatively, or without an interventional procedure. There are several pieces of information to consider before deciding on whether embolization, including the pipeline, is appropriate. Please look over the brain aneurysm center for women at www. Chicagoaneurysm. Com for more info. We usually watch 3mm aneurysms. ...Read more

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My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

My 10 y.o daughter has kawasaki disease and multiple giant aneurysms from her neck down, diagnosed at six weeks old. Is decompression an option at all?

Probably not: Giant aneurysms have been successfully decompressed by use of polyurethane endovascular stents. This has been done in cases where the aneurysm was pressing on adjacent structures causing complications. The procedure entails some risk and likely would not be feasible for multiple asymptomatic giant aneurysm. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for aneurysm or just wierd pain in neck and head?

Diagnosis: The cornerstone of therapy is an accurate diagnosis. You need one! ...Read more

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Left side of neck I feel pulse much clearer than right? Normal or could it be an aneurysm below or in neck?

No: More likely your artery position beneath the sternoclidomastoid muscle is variable on the 2 sides. You really cannot diagnose a carotid artery aneurysm by palpation. (really!) ...Read more

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I am 27 years old and suffer from mild "health anxiety". Could my neck cause localized pain in my head? My anxiety think it is an unruptured aneurysm

I am 27 years old and suffer from mild "health anxiety". Could my neck cause localized pain in my head? My anxiety think it is an unruptured aneurysm

Aneurysm fear can be: Very uncomfortable. You need to see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then have your anxiety treated by a mental health professional. Please don't use medication only. Learn some skills for coping w/anxiety such as meditation, clinical hypnosis, etc. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. We can't control much in life. Do what you can and let it go. Don't be Atlas. ...Read more

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Have had constant dull constant headache and a shooting pain on left upper back of neck occasionally. Could I have an aneurysm? Doctor said I was fine

Trust your doctor!: You can always get a 2nd opinion from an osteopathic physician specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM), to assess and treat your entire spine, neck, and head to make sure it's not causing or continue causing shooting pain, and get it resolved quickly. He can order tests to prove you don't have an aneursym if need be (medically necessary). Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I be worried about neck pain lasting longer than a week and now causing headaches and what feels like sinus pain? Worried about brain aneurysm.

Not really: Brain aneurysm wouldn't cause such as the main diagnostic symptoms, you probably have neck sprain, try pain killers on regular basis, unless contraindicated, if no improvement, see your doctor, take care ...Read more

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Cardiologist said Aneurysm External and Internal Carotid very rare in Neck and rare inside Sternal Head andJugular Notch No Ultrasound Needed? True?

Cardiologist said Aneurysm External and Internal Carotid very rare in Neck and rare inside Sternal Head andJugular Notch No Ultrasound Needed? True?

Carotid thoughts: I assume there are no symptoms.
Aneurysms are rare but do occur. See: http://www. Sciencedirect. Com/science/article/pii/S0741521400498800
Why not instead worry about garden variety plaque/stenosis in a 49 yo and try for a screening carotid U/S? No harm in a screening U/S, but may not be so available in the UK.
Would advise if a signif. History of smoking or family history of vascular disease. ...Read more

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I had a panic attack a year ago, and since then I've had bad anxiety. I often feel dizzy. I get temple headaches. Today I feel dizzy and have a stiff neck. I'm worried about aneurysms. Should I relax?

I had a panic attack a year ago, and since then I've had bad anxiety. I often feel dizzy. I get temple headaches. Today I feel dizzy and have a stiff neck. I'm worried about aneurysms. Should I relax?

Yes, with help.: You still have uncontrolled anxiety as characterized by dizzy spells, constant worry, inability to relax and panic attacks is just a severe manifestation of anxiety. You need to see a psychiatrist for pharmacological treatment as well as psychotherapy. ...Read more

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23 y.O. Female with left side headache (just started) mild left eye pressure felt in ear, jaw and back left side of neck. Aneurysm? I'm scared.

23 y.O. Female with left side headache (just started) mild left eye pressure felt in ear, jaw and back left side of neck. Aneurysm? I'm scared.

Unlikely: I am guessing you have a close friend or relative who actually had a diagnosed aneurysm. These are rare, especially at your age. You more likely have some viral process or some other cause like projected pain from arthritis, or a toothache. Wait a day or two and then see your family doctor if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Had a brain aneurysm coiled in may. November mra shows all ok. Will MRI or mra be best to check for an aneurysm in my neck? I am having funny turns.

Depends: It depends on the original anatomy of the aneurysm and the grade of occlusion (sealing) of the original treatment which often dictates the type (invasive vs. Noninvasive) and frequency of future surveillance imaging. Please see the brain aneurysm center for women for more information. Www. Chicagoaneurysm. Com. ...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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Stiff neck, weird numb feeling in forehead right at eyebrows and temples for a month. Doesn't actually hurt. Bloodtests and 2 CT normal. Aneurysm? Stroke

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include chest pains, insomnia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What would cause paresthesia in right face/arm when massaging ache in top neck/skull base? No news back from spine X-ray last week. Should I worry about aneurysm/tumors? Always achy. Dr says anxiety.

What would cause paresthesia in right face/arm when massaging ache in top neck/skull base? No news back from spine X-ray last week. Should I worry about aneurysm/tumors? Always achy. Dr says anxiety.

Likely but maybe not: Neurologically, it wouldn't happen. A rare form of thoracic outlet syndrome could cause the hand symptoms. This can be tested for in the office by your doctor. Nerves to the right face do not run through the neck. Spine xrays will not be helpful. A careful neurologic exam of the affected hand and face during the symptoms will tell the tale clear enough. ...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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Having aneurysm symptoms, except no seizures, blackouts, or neck pain. Constant nausea and photophobia. Severe headaches for days. Should I call 911?

Having aneurysm symptoms, except no seizures, blackouts, or neck pain. Constant nausea and photophobia. Severe headaches for days. Should I call 911?

If you can't drive.: It sounds like a severe migraine. Headaches from an aneurysm in your head would also be very severe, but usually much worse symptoms after one day. Since this has gone on several days I think you're safe with respect to any ruptured aneurysm. And urgent care or ER visits with an MRI would be recommended. ...Read more

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I have vision loss in the left eye, severe migraines, stiffness in the neck, and staring spells. Why could this be? I do not have a tumor or aneurysm.

I have vision loss in the left eye, severe migraines, stiffness in the neck, and staring spells. Why could this be? I do not have a tumor or aneurysm.

Loss of vision: What is your age? Is the vision loss constant or intermittent? Read the book, hypothyroidism, by broda barnes, from amazon. Com. He says 95% of migraines are caused by this. I had migraines for 30 years everyday, but not one since was started on Armour Thyroid 5 years ago. Try iodoral, an iodine pill that stimulates the thyroid. It is not a rx product. ...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 pineal gland cyst. Woke up with a migraine, stiff tension in neck and left back of head is swollen, blurry vision weak body. Aneurysm?

I have a pineal gland cyst. Woke up with a migraine, stiff tension in neck and left back of head is swollen, blurry vision weak body. Aneurysm?

Pineal cysts: Pineal cysts are incidental findings and have a benign natural history. Natural history studies show that these cysts do not grow. An aneurysm is an outpouching on the wall of an arterial wall. An MRI and MRA of the brain is a good screening test to exclude an aneurysm. Tension migraines often arise from tense neck muscles that insert on the back of the head. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more