What is Brain Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall. A brain aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect a person at any age.
If a brain aneurysm bursts, it’s an emergency situation that can result in a stroke, brain damage, and even death if not treated immediately. A brain aneurysm occurs when a weak spot in your brain’s arterial wall bulges and fills with blood. It may also be called an intracranial aneurysm or cerebral aneurysm.
Why Brain Aneurysm Screening is important?
Most brain aneurysms only cause noticeable symptoms if they burst. Brain aneurysm screening can prevent getting an aneurysm, or reduce the risk of an aneurysm growing bigger and possibly burst.
Doctors can use certain tests to locate aneurysms in people who have family histories of the condition, risk factors, and inherited, aneurysm-related health issues. A brain aneurysm is usually diagnosed using a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan or CT (Computerised Tomography) scan.
Brain Aneurysm Repair : Endovascular Coiling
The procedure involves inserting a thin tube called a catheter into an artery in your leg or groin. The tube is guided through the network of blood vessels, up into your head and finally into the aneurysm. Tiny platinum coils are then passed through the tube into the aneurysm. Once the aneurysm is full of coils, blood cannot enter it. This means the aneurysm is sealed off from the main artery which prevents it growing or rupturing.