As a brain aneurysm enlarges, you may experience pain around one eye or changes in your vision. If these symptoms develop, don’t wait to contact the experienced team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine. Without treatment, a brain aneurysm can rupture, causing a stroke or even death. To schedule a consultation, call one of their nine offices in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar.
An aneurysm occurs when a weak area develops in an artery wall. As blood flow pushes the vulnerable spot outward, it creates a balloon-like bulge called an aneurysm. When this problem happens in an artery in your brain, you have a brain aneurysm, also called a cerebral aneurysm.
Over time, the area gets thinner, and the blood pressure inside the aneurysm can make the artery rupture. The sudden bleeding in your brain leads to a stroke and coma. If the hemorrhage is severe, a ruptured brain aneurysm can cause death.
About half of patients with an unruptured aneurysm don’t have any symptoms. If symptoms appear, you may experience:
If the aneurysm ruptures, you develop a sudden, severe headache, stiff neck, and nausea and vomiting. You may also notice a sensitivity to light or vision loss.
Your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine determines the best treatment based on the aneurysm’s size, location, and your overall health.
When you have a small aneurysm and no or minimal symptoms, they may monitor the aneurysm with regular scans and prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure.
With routine monitoring, your provider can see if the aneurysm enlarges and if you’re at risk for a rupture.
If your symptoms are severe, your aneurysm is large, or you have a high risk of a rupture, they treat the condition using procedures such as:
During this surgical procedure, your provider accesses the aneurysm and places a small metal clip at the base of the bulge. The clip separates the aneurysm from the rest of the artery, allowing blood to flow without getting into the bulge and causing a rupture.
After guiding a catheter through your blood vessels to the aneurysm, your provider inserts soft wire coils into the bulging part of the artery. The coils make the blood that’s in the aneurysm clot. The clot seals the aneurysm and prevents blood from getting into the bulging area.
If you need treatment for a brain aneurysm, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to schedule an appointment.