A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain develops a thin or weak spot. The pressure of the blood against the weakened wall of the blood vessel then causes it to bulge out. Other terms used to describe aneurysms located in the brain include cerebral, intracranial or intracerebral aneurysm. Many aneurysms go unnoticed and untreated; however, if left untreated, aneurysms can burst and cause hemorrhagic stroke leading to brain damage or death. The interventional neuroradiologists of Houston Radiology associated diagnose and treat several kinds of neurovascular diseases and conditions, including brain aneurysms.
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There are several causes of brain aneurysms, and sometimes it may be a combination of factors, but knowing whether or not you are at a higher risk for developing brain aneurysms helps in the diagnoses and treatment to avoid future complications. The following is a list of risk factors that contribute to developing aneurysms:
As previously mentioned many brain aneurysms go unnoticed and undetected by individuals who suffer from them and are discovered in the process of testing for other issues and conditions. In some cases, the bulging of the vessel wall could be pressing against other areas of the brain and cause the following symptoms depending on the location:
A ruptured aneurysm, or subarachnoid hemorrhagic stroke, has very clear warning signs. We’ve also compiled a list of informational materials for stroke on our Resources page. The symptoms of stroke often come on suddenly and include the following signs:
A good acronym to learn was developed in 1998 by a group of stroke physicians and is circulated by the American Stroke Association to help spot the symptoms of stroke FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time).
Doctor Diaz and Doctor Klucznik provide a range of diagnostic services, but Cerebral Angiography is specifically used for diagnosing aneurysms. Cerebral angiography is also used to diagnose any vascular diseases of the brain including arterial blockage. Angiograms are performed by the doctor injecting a contrast dye through the carotid or vertebral artery so they can see where the abnormality is located. Using X-ray and computer imaging, we are able to render 3-D images of arteries and veins.
Once a patient has been diagnosed with an aneurysm there are a number of different minimally invasive treatment procedures available to make sure that each patient minimizes the risk of hemorrhagic stroke and associated complications. Factors that determine the type of treatment received include your age, size of the aneurysm, additional risk factors, and your overall health. Aneurysms can be treated by our doctors with the following procedures:
To learn more about the innovation used to treat brain aneurysms visit our Specialties and Services page.
Doctor Diaz and Doctor Klucznik treat all of their patients with minimally invasive endovascular procedures. Endovascular repair has a lower risk of complications compared to open surgery. Your doctor is more likely to suggest this type of repair if you have other serious medical problems or are elderly.
Most people stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days after this surgery, depending on the type of procedure they had.
During a hospital stay, you may:
Recovery after endovascular repair is quick in most cases and generally faster than more invasive procedures.
After endovascular repair, you will still need to be monitored regularly to make sure your repaired aneurysm is not leaking.
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