An aneurysm is an abnormal, weak spot on a blood vessel that causes an outward bulging or ballooning of the arterial wall. An aneurysm can affect any vessel in the body but only those in the head can cause a serious medical condition, a haemorrhagic stroke when they rupture, which can lead to brain damage and death.
It has been noticed by most neurosurgeons that most aneurysms are silent. However, aneurysms that become malignant may put pressure on brain, causing symptoms similar to stroke such as:
But, when aneurysms rupture, the symptoms are easily identifiable. These include:
Doctors debate and decide which aneurysm needs surgery and which aneurysm can simply be monitored. As surgery involves risks, doctors carefully assess the patients’ health and other factors to decide if surgery is unavoidable. Minimally invasive techniques may prevent rupture. Specially trained neurovascular surgeons can direct a catheter containing coils or stents into the intracranial (brain) artery. These coils or stents stimulate scarring with the aneurysm that seal off the aneurysm from the circulation.
Both men and women are at risk of developing an aneurysm. But, women have a slightly greater chance than men of ruptured aneurysm. Roughly 60 to 65 percent of ruptured aneurysms occur in women. Ruptured aneurysms usually occur between the ages of 30 and 60. Brain aneurysms are rare in children but can occur.
Genetics play an important role in the development and rupture of brain aneurysm. Up to 20 percent of those experiencing ruptured aneurysms have a strong family history. If you have had a history of aneurysms in your family, it’s important to consult a stroke or brain aneurysm specialist to see if you are at increased risk of aneurysm development and rupture. Genetic evaluation also help understand if you are at high risk of ruptured aneurysm.
Lifestyle changes can lower the risks of developing and rupture of aneurysm. These lifestyle changes are:
At KIMS, the best neurology hospital in Hyderabad, we treat brain aneurysms using a variety of methods, or a combination of methods. We perhaps have the best brain aneurysm treatment in Hyderabad, as we tackle a lot of aneurysm cases each year. Our best brain specialist doctors or neurosurgeons in Hyderabad evaluate each aneurysm patient to decide the best singular therapy or treatment combination for the patient’s specific case.