Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Brain aneurysm involves bulge or ballooning in the brain’s blood vessel. It often appears as a berry hanging over a stem. The problem of brain aneurysm may cause rupture or leakage and leads to bleeding in the brain referred commonly as hemorrhagic stroke. Ruptured type of problem takes place in the space present in between the exact human brain and various thin tissues covering it. Neurologists call this type of hemorrhagic stroke as subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Most of the brain aneurysms do not rupture or create any health problems and any symptom. Doctors detect such aneurysms while performing tests to diagnose other health conditions. Treatment for an un-ruptured type of brain aneurysm may sometimes become appropriate and may avoid the problem of rupture in near future. In this case, you should discuss with your doctor to make sure you understand different options available to you for your individual requirements.

Brain Aneurysm Overview

Brain aneurysm, also called as intracranial or cerebral aneurysm refers to the presence of a weak and bulging spot on brain and artery walls of a person. It is almost similar to a thin balloon or a weak spot present over an inner tube. With the passage of time, flow of blood within arteries pound in opposition to thinned part of the human brain wall and aneurysm thus forms silently due to wear and tear on arteries.

When the wall of artery becomes thin gradually due to dilation, blood flow makes the wall weak and forces it to swell in outward direction. This pressure may further cause ruptured aneurysm and allow escape of blood within the space available across the brain. Ruptured form of brain aneurysm usually requires advanced level of surgical treatment.

What are the Warning Signs of a Brain Aneurysm?

Warning signs associated with the problem of brain aneurysms may be in between un-ruptured type of brain aneurysms or ruptured type of brain aneurysms.

Emergency Treatment with Un-ruptured type of Problem

Un-ruptured types of problem are of symptomatic completely. These are of relatively smaller i.e. lesser than half inches in diameter. However, large size of un-ruptured aneurysms may press on human brain occasionally or nerves stem out from the brain to cause a large number of neurological symptoms.

Thus, any individual dealing with any or all of the symptoms mentioned here, irrespective of their age, should definitely undergo with careful evaluation from a neurologist or any other similar practitioner immediately.

  • Dilated eye pupils
  • Localized headache
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Difficulty in communication

Emergency Treatment with Ruptured type of Problem

Ruptured brain aneurysms usually take place in SAH i.e. subarachnoid hemorrhage defined mainly as bleeding within the subarachnoid space. Whenever blood from brain escapes into the nearby space, it may result in sudden symptoms. Thus, you should seek for immediate medical attention in case you experience any or all of the following symptoms-

  • Severe headache problem suddenly or worse headache of the life
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Stiffness in your neck
  • Double or blurred vision suddenly
  • Sudden pain feelings behind or above the eye or difficulty in seeing objects
  • Sudden changes in awareness or mental status
  • Sudden difficulty in walking or feeling of dizziness
  • Sudden feelings of numbness and weakness
  • Photophobia or sensitivity towards the rays of light
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Seizures.

Whenever rupturing of brain aneurysm takes place, bleeding lasts usually only for a few seconds. It may result in direct damage to nearby cells and may even cause damage or may kill other cells. It even increases the skull pressure. When the pressure elevates too much, oxygen supply and blood supply to the human brain may disrupt to such an extent that it causes unconsciousness or death.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: January 11, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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