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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
- Age greater than 50 years
- Female gender
- Cocaine use
- Various inherited disorders
- Clipping: A surgical procedure to prevent rupture
- Coiling: A minimally-invasive procedure to induce clotting