Your Health Now: Brain aneurysms

Author: wink news
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.

In many cases, a brain aneurysm causes no symptoms and goes unnoticed. If the aneurysm ruptures, blood is released into the skull; depending on the severity of the hemorrhage, brain damage or death may result.

Known causes of aneurysm:

  • Family history of aneurysm
  • Smoking
  • Age greater than 50 years
  • Female gender
  • Cocaine use
  • Various inherited disorders

Treatment options:

  • Clipping: A surgical procedure to prevent rupture
  • Coiling: A minimally-invasive procedure to induce clotting

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