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Brain Aneurysm Symptoms and Signs Topic Guide

Brain Aneurysm Brain Aneurysm :

A brain aneurysm is a balloning of a blood vessel in the brain that can be life-threatening. A combination of environmental and genetic factors are believed to play a role in the developement of brain aneurysms. Certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, head trauma, and ateriovenous malformations (AVMs) increase the risk for brain aneurysms. The signs and symptoms of a brain aneurysm are variable. They include but aren't limited to:

A brain aneurysm is diagnosed via a CT scan, MRI, blood tests, and other types of imaging. The size of the aneurysm and the age of the patient help determine whether surgery (clipping, placement of a coil, or suction of the blood clot) is performed. Other potential treatments include medication to reduce the chance of seizures and high blood pressure. The prognosis of a brain aneurysm depends on the size and whether or not the aneurysm has ruptured. A patient with a small, unruptured brain aneurysm has a better prognosis than someone who has a large and/or ruptured brain aneurysm.

Brain Aneurysm Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins


nimodipine Nimodipine

Nimodipine is a calcium channel blocker that is used to prevent brain damage caused by reduced blood flow to the brain resulting from aneurysm (a dilated or ...learn more »

phenytoin (oral) Phenytoin (oral)

Phenytoin is an anticonvulsant medication that is used to control seizures. Phenytoin does not treat all types of seizures, and your doctor will determine i...learn more »

labetalol Labetalol

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