Patient Comments: Brain Aneurysm - Treatment

What was the treatment for a brain aneurysm in you, a friend, or relative?

Comment from: Ashley, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 28

My little brother, 19, recently had a brain aneurysm. Luckily, he was able to get to the emergency room and had immediate brain surgery. They coiled his aneurysm and he spent 14 days in a neurosurgical ICU. He just came home on Thursday and he'll be taking about a month to recover. He is extremely lucky because there were a lot of factors that led to his aneurysm being caught early.

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Comment from: lucy, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 17

My husband had brain surgery 7 weeks ago for brain aneurysm, and last week his head had a swollen forehead. We went to surgeon and he said it was air between the skin and frontal bone and back to surgery he went. They took a piece of the forehead out, to be replaced or a prosthetic put in, in a few weeks. They have no explanation why the air was there and 3 days later the air was back. They drain with syringe and put a tight wrap to keep it from reoccurring. We are pretty down in the dumps. At 4 to 6 weeks we have to go back and have plate but back in his head.

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Comment from: candy, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 21

My sister recently had her second aneurysm surgery, first one 20 years ago. This time the doctors were not successful in coiling, they did not tell us! She stayed in pain for an entire month, she went back to the doctor for two follow-ups, the first they did some radiology and did not see anything wrong. The second was with her general physician. She recently was rushed back to the hospital where the emergency room (ER) doctor informed her of the botched surgery because he thought she knew. He then says it's a two time surgical procedure, as if that is standard. It wasn't standard twenty years ago when it was fixed with 1 surgery. I believe they made that up to cover themselves, I am researching. I want to know how many other patients had 2 surgeries as standard for 1 aneurysm.

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Comment from: Noel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

For many years I would have headaches, relieved by sleep, a dark place and or Excedrin. One day I was working and developed tremors of my hands. I went to see my neurologist and requested an MRI. It revealed 8 aneurysms. Then had an MRA with confirmation. I later went to the hospital where I had a cerebral angiogram. This is considered most diagnostic. Conclusively 4 were confirmed; I was treated with coils stents and the pipeline. Post operation cerebral angiogram showed dissolution of three and a diminishing fourth. In my case I had no associated symptoms although many times it is the unassociated factors that lead one to discover aneurysms. Presently I have occasional stiffness of my right eye and pressure behind it. In the past my family has always called it the strange eye, but because of my history I will pursue it further.

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Comment from: Yak57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have been living with the knowledge that I have a small aneurysm (when first discovered, it was at about 3.2mm) behind my left eye for over 15 years. We've avoided repair, as the risks outweigh the benefits. I have an MRI/MRA annually to check on it. Last week, I had a car accident, rear-ended, and bumped my head hard enough to warrant a CAT scan. The CAT scan report stated there was a non-specific 5 mm calcification. I assumed that was the aneurysm, and checked with my neurosurgeon to find that my aneurysm was only 3.8mm last year. So, I am going in for a mid-year MRI/MRA (on my usual machine) to measure the growth. If they were to operate on it as it was, I would certainly lose the sight in my eye, but would save my life. If it has grown by 25% in only one year, something is up. The car accident may have saved my life, we shall see.

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Comment from: Sandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

My neurologist called me last night at 7:30, never a good thing. I have an aneurysm on the right side of my head. This will be my 4th, but the other 3 were about 20 years ago. I've had clips behind my right eye, and coiling and occlusion of the carotid artery on the left. I was shocked to hear I had a new one.

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Comment from: L harris, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 07

I had a son who suddenly had severe headache and vomiting. He also lost his vision, we got him to hospital as soon as possible, but sadly it was too late to treat the brain aneurysm and we had to turn his life support machine off. If only he could have had a chance. He was a fit and very healthy young man.

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