Many people will have a brain aneurysm develop in their lifetimes. It is estimated that up to one in fifteen will have this occur. Women are more likely to have a brain aneurysm than men though it happens too often in both sexes.
There are several things to watch for to ensure if you do have an aneurysm rupture it is caught early. Survival depends on stopping the bleeding and therefore potentially permanent brain damage. This is also important to try to lower the risk of recurrence.
Because my father has underwent a brain aneurysm rupture, I am hyper aware of the symptoms one can experience when facing this problem. Many people, my father included, have what they described as the worst headache they have experienced. The bleeding that happens during a rupture irritates the brain causing severe pain.
Loss of sensation is a symptom of which to take note. My father lost his sense of sight for several minutes when his brain aneurysm ruptured. Nausea and vomiting are a common complaint. The pain from the excruciating headache can make a person very ill. Stiff neck and neck pain are common symptoms of brain aneurysms. Dilated pupils and sensitivity to light can also be experienced during a brain aneurysm rupture.
A healthcare provider will order a ct scan if brain aneurysm is suspected. More than 90 percent of ruptured aneurysms show sub arachnoid hemorrhages on ct scans, or bleeding in the brain.
If a ruptured aneurysm is found, angiopathy will be performed to find where the aneurysm is located so treatment can be planned. A small tube is threaded into one of a person’s arteries, dye is injected, and pictures are taken to determine location.
Some symptoms exist of brain aneurysms that have not ruptured though they are less severe and too often ignored until too late. Peripheral vision defects, exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, behavior changes, perceptual problems, thinking problems, speech complications, and loss of balance are some signs of an aneurysm that has not ruptured. These symptoms are too often unspecific and mimic other less serious medical conditions.
Some medical conditions that may mimic the signs of brain aneurysms are: migraine headaches, meningitis, brain tumors, and strokes. It is important to rule out other possibilities before a diagnosis of brain aneurysm is entertained.
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