A brain aneurysm is an abnormal bulging or “ballooning” of an artery occurring in the brain caused by thinning artery walls. Most brain aneurysms show no signs or symptoms unless they leak or put pressure on adjacent sensitive brain areas. They are sometimes discovered during testing for another condition.
Brain aneurysms can develop from aging, smoking, high blood pressure and a variety of other risk factors. Brain aneurysms are more common in adults than children and happen to more women than men.
If a brain aneurysm puts pressure on the nerves in your brain, you’ll exhibit symptoms that could include:
When a brain aneurysm bursts, it’s a medical emergency and you should seek immediate expert attention. The symptoms of a burst brain aneurysm include:
A skilled neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist has options for treating brain aneurysms. The size, location, and several other factors make a difference in how Dr. Jeffrey Farkas and his colleagues help men and women with this condition. Pipeline coiling is one of the less invasive treatment options.
For this procedure, Dr. Farkas inserts a catheter, a tiny hollow plastic tube, into an artery, often in the groin area, and threads it through your body to the aneurysm. He guides a soft, platinum wire through the catheter to the aneurysm so it will coil up inside the “balloon” in your vein and disrupt blood flow. This causes your blood to clot and seals the aneurysm from the rest of the artery.
Stenting is another way Dr. Farkas and his colleagues treat brain aneurysms. They place a stent into the aneurysm in a similar way to the pipeline coil. Like the coil, Dr. Farkas threads a stent, which is also a tiny tube, through the catheter to the brain aneurysm. The stent expands to conform to the size of the artery wall and stays in place.
Stenting can stabilize an artery before or after the pipeline coil treatment. Often, Dr. Farkas and the other neurosurgical experts at Interventional Neuro Associates use pipeline coiling and stenting together for the most comprehensive brain aneurysm treatment option.
To learn more about treatment options and recovering from a brain aneurysm, call the office or schedule an appointment online.