Types and Symptoms of Brain Aneurysms

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Dr. Badih Adada
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As a board-certified neurosurgeon with the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Badih Adada handles a broad range of complex cases. Dr. Badih Adada has treated numerous brain aneurysms and maintains a rate of complications that is below the national average.

A brain aneurysm occurs when the wall of an artery in the brain bulges and begins to collect blood. Most such aneurysms result in a sac-like structure outside the artery, while fewer result in bulging of the entire arterial circumference. Other patients might experience a tear in the arterial lining, which causes blood to seep into the remaining layers and cause blockage or bulging.

Unruptured aneurysms may exist without any symptoms, though particularly large presentations may behave similarly to an aneurysm that has already ruptured. Patients with either a ruptured or a sizable aneurysm may experience a sudden and severe headache or similar type of pain around the eye area. The patient’s pupils may dilate or the eyelids may droop, and vision problems or sensitivity to light also manifest as potential signs.

Patients with an aneurysm may also experience neurological symptoms, such as trouble speaking or walking. Some may experience a change in mental state or a loss of consciousness, while certain aneurysms may cause seizures. Symptoms frequently arise without warning and indicate that the suffering individual should seek medical attention.