Brain Aneurysm Surgery
Brain aneurysms come in various shapes and sizes. Most commonly they take the form of a grape and 90% of brain aneurysms are called saccular or ‘berry’ aneurysms. Rarely, these aneurysms can occur as a result of disease and bulging of the entire blood vessel and these are called fusiform aneurysms. There is a rare form which forms as a result of a tear in the lining of the blood vessel and this is called a dissecting aneurysm.
It is important to know however that not all aneurysms will rupture.
Weakness in the wall of a brain blood vessel
Could be FATAL if it ruptures.
Condition Explained in Detail
An aneurysm rupture classically presents with a sudden, severe headache, “the worst headache”.
It can be accompanied by:
- neck stiffness
- blurred or double vision
- sensitivity to light
- drooping eyelid
- trouble speaking or a change in awareness and mental state
- trouble walking or dizziness
- nausea or vomiting
- seizure (convulsion)
- loss of consciousnes
This needs emergency medical treatment and should be managed in hospital.
The treatment of brain aneurysm is individualized and usually involves a multidisciplinary team of surgeons. Basically surgical treatment will include any of the following :
- open microneurosurgery and closing of the weakness by applying a titanium clip across the neck of the aneurysm.
- endovascular coiling, in which the aneurysm is packed off with small platinum coils which are placed under X-ray guidance using small catheters which are passed from the groin to the blood vessel abnormality.
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