A cerebral aneurysm is a swelling or ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain. Since the wall of the artery is weakened, there is a risk of rupture which can cause bleeding into the brain, also known as a hemorrhagic stroke. In most cases, cerebral aneurysms occur in the area between the brain and the thin layers of tissue that cover it. A ruptured cerebral aneurysm can become life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Fortunately, most aneurysms don’t rupture, cause symptoms or result in serious health problems and are often detected when undergoing testing for other conditions. Treating an unruptured aneurysm can be an appropriate option in some cases and can prevent it from rupturing in the future.
At the moment, the cause of cerebral aneurysms is not entirely understood. However, there are many associations linked to the condition with the ultimate cause being the breakdown in the wall of an artery and the effects of the pressure from blood pumping through it. Some risk factors of cerebral aneurysm may include:
You may not even be aware of a cerebral aneurysm before it ruptures. However, there may occasionally be signs that appear prior to rupture. Some of the symptoms of a cerebral aneurysm include:
Specific treatment options for a cerebral aneurysm are dependent on a variety of factors including your age, medical history, overall health, extent of the condition, symptoms, treatment tolerance and your personal preference. Depending on these variables, your doctor will make a recommendation for the intervention that is the most suitable to your condition:
Depending on the facts of your case, Dr. Lewis can provide you with an accurate and immediate solution to prevent complications caused by a cerebral aneurysm. As one of the leading neurosurgeons in the country, he has acquired the technical skills and experience that are required to handle a delicate procedure such as this. He has written several peer reviewed articles on aneurysms and cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Early in his career, he used to be a cerebrovascular professor at UMMC and has given numerous yearly stroke update conferences too.
Contact us today to learn more about cerebral aneurysms or to schedule a consultation. We’ll find a solution that works for you. Call us at (601) 366-1011.