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Aneurysm (Brain) (cont.)

Who is at risk for a brain aneurysm?

There are a number of medical conditions that increase risk for brain aneurysms. Individuals with the following conditions are at higher risk -- polycystic kidney disease, fibromuscular dysplasia, arteriovenous malformations, lupus, sickle cell anemia, bacterial endocarditis, fungal infections, hypertension, cancers, cigarette smoking, alcohol use, illicit drug use, head trauma, and syndromes that involve connective or elastic tissue problems (for example, collagen disorders). Women are more likely to develop brain aneurysms than men (the ratio is 3 to 2). This list represents many people who are at higher risk for brain aneurysms, but it does not include every possible risk factor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2014

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