Symptoms of Aneurysms
Aneurysms are usually only problematic when they rupture, causing bleeding into the brain. Aneurysms can be found when a CT scan or MRI is performed for other medical reasons. Further symptoms can develop if the aneurysm pushes on areas of the brain. Symptoms may include:
- Loss of vision and double vision
- Confusion, stupor, sleepiness, lethargy
- Eyelid drooping, nausea, vomiting, headaches
- Muscle weakness, numbness, decreased sensation
- Stiff neck
- Speech impairment
- Irritability, impulsivity, poor temper control
Symptoms do not typically appear until an aneurysm has ruptured. A ruptured cerebral aneurysm is an emergency medical condition that needs immediate attention.
Neurosurgery is the go-to treatment for cerebral aneurysms. The base of the aneurysm is closed off with clamps , sutures or other materials that prevent blood flow through the aneurysm.
Alternative treatments to surgery can include placing coils or stents into the aneurysm through your arteries, which causes a clot to form and prevents further bleeding. This procedure is considered less invasive than brain surgery, and is regarded as the best form of treatment in most cases.
If neurosurgery cannot be performed because of the size and location of the aneurysm, or the patient’s overall health condition, treatment will include:
- Medications to prevent seizures, headaches and blood pressure
- Complete bed rest
- Activity restrictions