Cerebral Aneurysm Treatment

An aneurysm is a widening or ballooning of an artery. When this widening happens in the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm. About 5% of the population has an aneurysm of some sort, and most of these aneurysms are either inherited or some from some sort of physical trauma.

At The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital, our interventional neuroradiologist can work to reduce the growth of aneurysms before they burst or leak.

First, cerebral angiography is done to check for aneurysms. Much like an angiogram for the heart, a cerebral angiogram uses a catheter to go into the arteries through the groin, up into the carotid artery in the neck. A dye is released to show the blood vessels in the brain and determine any anomalies in blood flow.

If an aneurysm is detected, the physician may choose to do cerebral coiling. Coiling is a special type of wire that is sent up into the veins and deployed at the site of the clot. The coiling is unraveled and fills up the clot, cutting of the blood flow to the clot and preventing rupture.

Another option for treatment is onyx glue. This glue is inserted into an aneurysm and hardens, cutting of the blood flow to prevent the clot from getting larger.

Both of these options are minimally-invasive.

Aneurysm Symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to a brain aneurysm. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Pain behind the eye
  • Numbness, sometimes on one side of the face or body
  • Weakness on one side of the body or face
  • Vision changes
  • Drooping eyelid

Most aneurysms do not cause symptoms until they leak or rupture. A leaking or ruptured aneurysm may cause:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of consciousness

The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital is able to diagnose and treat your condition with state-of-the-art technologies and one of the area's leading interventional neuroradiologists.