Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery - Unruptured Brain Aneurysm

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:

  • risk of hemorrhage — Is it probable that the aneurysm will rupture?
  • size and location of aneurysm
  • age and health of patient
  • family history — Is there a family history of aneurysms? Have any of those aneurysms ruptured?
  • surgical risks
Unruptured Blood Clot

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.