Brain aneurysm. A cavernous aneurysm is a common finding that if truly cavernous, indicates that it is located outside of the brain and generally carries a benign prognosis. It may be of concern if it gets sufficiently large (usually > 1.5 cm) and presses on important nerves. Treatment is usually endovascular, including now flow diverting devices. Smaller cavernous aneurysms are usually managed conservatively.
Not usually. Aneurysms of the cavernous sinus may cause symptoms from compression of the nerves which control eye movement, or compression of the nerves which supply sensation of the face. Once these symptoms occur, they are unlikely to go away without treatment of the aneurysm. These aneurysms are unlikely to resolve on their own. If it is causing symptoms, it probably should be treated.
Headache and bleed. If untreated they can result in fatal hemorrhage.
This article should. Answer all your questions: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1161710-overview.
Great question. It would be good to have the opinion from a few specialists. The opinions from vascular surgery and hematology/oncology are very useful. I would like to know if a procedure could be done. I would also like know if he would need to be on life-long anti-coagulation. My patients who have a chronic dissecting aortic aneurysm and an internal carotid aneurysm are on life-long anti-coagulation.
Neurosurgeon. Needs to see patient and films to see if treatment needed. Coil embolization may be possible.
My sister says she has cavernous sinus aneurysm. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Maybe. Cerebral aneurysms can be hereditary. If more than one person in your family has an aneurysm you are at increased risk. If people in your family have polycystic kidney disease or elhers-danlos syndrome you are at significant risk. Mra and cta are good screening tools.
Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has cavernous sinus aneurysm. What is that?
Type brain aneurysm. The cavernous sinus consists of veins, the carotid artery, and nerves. It can be affected by various disease processes including infections, inflammation, aneurysms, and tumors. Aneurysms usually arise from the internal carotid artery as it passes through the sinus. Aneurysms are dangerous because they may rupture and therefore should be treated using endovascular techniques.
Do we need to report cavernous sinus aneurysm as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated? My teen is getting ready to go to college.
Yes. It is very important to provide a complete and accurate medical history. This is especially important when your teen has his or her physical prior to starting college.
Surgical? This is a highly specialized question answerable by a neurosurgeon after seeing the patient and the relative studies.
Embolization. Embolization is a possible treatment option.