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Brain Aneurysm.

A cerebral aneurysm is also known as a brain aneurysm. Aneurysms occur when a weak spot in the wall of an artery in the brain creates a balloon-like pouch or sac. This pouch can leak or rupture, which can cause bleeding in the brain or stroke.

Brain Aneurysm Symptoms:

A small, unchanging aneurysm may produce no symptoms. However, aneurysms may rupture, causing life-threatening bleeding in the brain. When an aneurysm ruptures, the patient may experience sudden symptoms that can include:

  • Sudden, severe headache (“worst headache of my life”)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision impairment, like blurred or double vision
  • Stiff neck
  • Seizure
  • Loss of consciousness

Brain aneurysms occur more commonly in women than men. They occur mainly in adults and are rare in children. A brain aneurysm is usually diagnosed with the use of an angiogram, which is an imaging test that uses X-rays to view the body’s blood vessels.

Brain Aneurysm Treatment:

Ruptured aneurysms are a medical emergency that must be treated promptly. Surgical clipping or endovascular coiling are the primary treatments for a ruptured aneurysm.

  • Endovascular coiling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a catheter to reach the brain and stop blood flow to a brain aneurysm. This effectively “seals off” the aneurysm.
  • Surgical clipping is a more invasive treatment that requires a surgeon to “clip off” the aneurysm, which disrupts the blood flow.

The treatment of unruptured aneurysms is based on the individual patient. Treatments can include surgery, endovascular coiling, stenting and the placement of a “glue” to clot the blood flowing to an aneurysm.

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We specialize in Brain Aneurysm Treatment.

At Nashville Neurosurgery Associates, we are proud to be one of the region’s leading neurosurgical centers. Our endovascular team are experts in the care and treatment of brain aneurysms.

ROBBI L. FRANKLIN, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

CHINE SP LOGAN, DO, MHA, MS, FACS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

ROBERT A. MERICLE, MD, FAANS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

CHRISTOPHER STOREY, MD, PHD

Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon

ARTHUR J. ULM, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

Barbara White

Barbara is a patient of Dr. Franklin who was suffering from brain aneurysm. When her aneurysm ruptured, Dr. Franklin performed surgery to repair it.

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