Primary Neurological Conditions

General Overview

A Brain Aneurysm (also called a cerebral aneurysm or an intracranial aneurysm) is a balloon outpouching in a weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. If the it expands and the blood vessel wall becomes too thin, the aneurysm will rupture and bleed into the space around the brain. This type of bleeding is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Rupturing an aneurysm and SAH are life-threatening events. If you suspect you are having a rupturing brain aneurysm, call 911.

Many aneurysms may not be discovered until they rupture. Most have no symptoms and are small in size (less than 10 millimeters) Smaller aneurysms may have a lower risk of rupture.

Learn more about this topic from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation here.

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Most unruptured aneurysms are incidental findings and do not cause any symptoms. The symptoms of an unruptured brain aneurysm may include the following:

  • Headaches (rare, if unruptured)
  • Eye pain
  • Vision changes
  • Diminished eye movement

Symptoms from a ruptured aneurysm are usually due to the SAH or bleed that occurs in the brain and may include:

  • Rapid onset of “worst headache of my life”
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in mental status
  • Drowsiness or loss of consciousness
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Problems with certain functions of the eyes, nose, tongue, and/or ears that are controlled by one or more of the 12 cranial nerves
  • Coma and death

The symptoms of a cerebral aneurysms may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis. At Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center, our team of experts offers comprehensive care for patients with this condition. We offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments, depending on the individual needs of our patients. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for each and every patient, and we are committed to helping our patients return to their normal lives as quickly and safely as possible.