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Understanding brain aneurysms

Many Washington residents feel that they have good realtionships with their doctors or other health care providers. In some cases this may be because they have never really encountered a serious medical issue. A patient's relationship with a physician can be put to the test when unusual symptoms arise and the root problem may not be easy to diagnose. It is then that a person gets a good sense of a doctor's skills.

A brain aneurysm is one thing that may be hard to diagnose in part because people with these aneurysms may not always exhibit noticeable symptoms according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Even when symptoms are present, they may be things that a doctor might all too easily attribute to some other problem. Examples include headaches, pupils that appear dilated, drooped eyelids, pain in the eye area or the neck as well as speech and vision problems.

WebMD explains that a brain aneurysm occurs when a portion of the wall of an artery in the brain becomes weak and starts to enlarge, filling with blood. It is possible for the artery to burst. When this happens, blood is released into the brain and a person may experience a stroke. A bursting brain aneurysm may be fatal

There are diagnostic tests available that can help doctors identify the presence of a brain aneurysm. These include a type of x-ray called a cerebral angiogram and a CT scan among others. Some people may be able to live with an aneurysm but others may need treatment to address the problem depending upon the size of the aneurysm.

 

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