Not all brain aneurysms rupture, and an unruptured brain aneurysm may or may not cause symptoms. Unruptured brain aneurysms can now be detected with increased frequency. While unruptured aneurysms are no less frightening or life-altering than ruptures, they do entail different diagnostic questions and potential treatments.
In deciding whether or not to treat an unruptured aneurysm, doctors consider:
Although survivors of treatment for an unruptured brain aneurysm may suffer many of the same physical and emotional symptoms as survivors of a rupture, they typically have shorter hospital stays, require less rehabilitative therapy, and return to work more quickly.