Brain Aneurysm (cont.)

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What are future directions for the treatment of brain aneurysm?

For those who survive an initial aneurysm rupture, blood vessel spasm (vasospasm) may be the villain in causing continued brain damage. Experiments to develop new drugs to control vasospasm are ongoing. Molecules that can cause spasm are being identified, and antibodies may be able to be produced to blunt their effect.

Studies are also looking at the possibility that brain aneurysms may be hereditary, and perhaps screening of high-risk populations may be possible in the future.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE:

Tintinalli J, etal. Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 7th edition. McGraw-Hill Professional 2010


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2014

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