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Unruptured Brain Aneurysms

Not all brain aneurysms rupture. Doctors are now able to detect unruptured brain aneurysms with an increased frequency. An unruptured brain aneurysm may or may not cause symptoms. Unruptured aneurysms are no less frightening or life altering, but require different diagnostic questions and potential treatments.

Things doctors consider in deciding whether or not to treat an unruptured aneurysm:

  • Risk of Hemorrhage - Is it probable or not that the aneurysm will rupture?
  • Size and Location
  • Age and Health of Patient
  • Family History - Is there a family history? Have any of those aneurysms ruptured?
  • Surgical Risks
Unruptured Blood Clot

If the unruptured aneurysm is treated, usually the recovery period is shorter for survivors of unruptured brain aneurysm treatment than people who had ruptured brain aneurysms. Although, survivors of unruptured brain aneurysm treatment may suffer many of the same physical and emotional symptoms as a survivor of a rupture, they will have a shorter hospital stay, require less rehabilitative therapy, and return to work more quickly.

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