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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
- 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.