Cerebral Aneurysm Essay

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What is Cerebral Aneurysm? A cerebral aneurysm is a weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out and fills with blood. The bulging aneurysm can put pressure on a nerve or surrounding brain tissue. It may also leak or rupture, spilling blood into the surrounding tissue. Some cerebral aneurysms, particularly those that are very small, do not bleed or cause other problems. Cerebral aneurysms can occur anywhere in the brain, but most are located along a loop of arteries that run between the underside of the brain and the base of the skull. Cerebral aneurysms are also more common in people with certain genetic diseases, such as connective tissue disorders and polycystic kidney disease, and certain circulatory disorders. I chose this disease because I had a friend that had it and told me about his disease and I thought it was very interesting and I wanted to share to everyone about this disease. [pic] Symptoms Aneurysms usually cause no symptoms unless they rupture and cause bleeding into the brain. Often, an aneurysm is found when a CT scan or MRI is performed for another reason. Symptoms occur if the aneurysm pushes on nearby structures in the brain. Symptoms depend on what structure the aneurysm pushes on, but may include, Double vision, Loss of vision, Headaches, Eye pain, Neck pain. A sudden, severe headache (often described as "the worst headache of your life") is one symptom that an aneurysm has ruptured. Other symptoms of an aneurysm rupture may include: Confusion, lethargy, sleepiness, or stupor . Eyelid drooping . Headaches with nausea or vomiting . Muscle weakness or difficulty moving any part of the body . Numbness or decreased sensation in any part of the body . Seizures . Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement . Speech impairment . Stiff neck (occasionally) .

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