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Brain Aneurysm: 11 Steps in Treatment and Recovery

By    |   Friday, 17 Jun 2016 09:30 PM

A brain aneurysm results from a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain that may leak or rupture. Bleeding in the brain usually occurs between the brain and tissues covering it. The life-threatening condition requires immediate medical attention.

Brain aneurysms don’t necessarily rupture or even cause health problems, the Mayo Clinic explains. They are often detected during tests for other conditions. Treatment is still performed in some cases to prevent future ruptures.

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Here are 11 steps patients with a brain aneurysm may go through for treatment and recovery.

1. A doctor helps the patient decide whether surgery is necessary if the aneurysm hasn’t bled, according to MedlinePlus, a website for the National Institutes of Health. Small aneurysms may not need immediate treatment, but are observed until the possibility of a break makes surgery necessary.

2. Surgical clipping is among the two most common treatments when surgery is recommended. The surgeon locates the blood vessel through a portion of the skull, then stops blood flow to it with a tiny metal clip.

3. Endovascular repair, the other option, is a less invasive procedure using a coil and stent to treat the brain aneurysm.

4. Treatment to relieve symptoms might involve pain relievers for headache in some patients.

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5. Calcium channel blockers avoid complications of brain aneurysms by reducing the risk of narrowed blood vessels in a ruptured aneurysm.

6. Intravenous drug injections may be used to prevent the possibility of stroke from insufficient blood flow, the Mayo Clinic notes.

7. Anti-seizure medications are used when seizures result from a brain aneurysm.

8. Draining of fluid prevents pressure on the brain in some cases. A catheter is used to drain the excess fluid.

9. Physical, speech, or occupational therapy may be necessary when hemorrhaging causes damage to the brain.

10. When rehabilitative therapy is not necessary, the patient’s hospital stay may range from one or two to several days. The stay may last weeks if complications occur before or during surgery, MedlinePlus notes.

11. Surgical repair usually avoids future bleeding or problems with a brain aneurysm that has not ruptured. Yearly visits to the doctor are recommended.

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