Brain Aneurysm

Overview: The cerebral aneurysm is a weak area in the walls of an artery that provides blood to the brain. It is uncommon for a brain aneurysm to rupture but in some rare cases, this may occur. The break in the area will result in severe hemorrhaging which causes brain damage or even death.

Causes: The causes may range from several different factors but can largely attribute to inheritance. People who have had a family history of brain aneurysms are more likely to have one than those who do not. Other factors like gender, race, and smoking history can also have influence to an increased risk of brain aneurysms.


•Neck Pain
•Sensitivity to light
•Loss of consciousness
•Severe headache
•Nausea and vomiting

Treatment: If a person should know they are more prone to brain aneurysms, there are treatments available that may prevent any future ruptures. Non-surgical treatments are typically the only treatment for unruptured aneurysms and may include smoking cessation or blood pressure control. If a person has had an aneurysm but are still at risk to have another, surgical clipping may be needed.