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Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results?

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – "Awake" brain surgery may improve treatment of brain aneurysms, researchers say. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. It's commonly treated with a surgical technique known as "clipping" while the patient is under general anesthesia. But a team of researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri found that "awake brain surgery," using what's called conscious sedation, might improve results. Testing the procedure on 30 aneurysm patients, study leader Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf and his team were able to communicate with the patients and test their brain function during surgery. During the operation, surgeons open the skull and clip the artery below the aneurysm so blood can no longer enter it. This causes the blood vessel to shrink and prevents it from rupturing. A ruptured aneurysm can lead to serious disability or ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Aneurysm, Neurosurgery, Seizure Prophylaxis During or Following Neurosurgery

Brain Aneurysm: Lack of Awareness Can Cost Lives

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – On March 19, 2015, Emmy-nominated news anchor and New York City TV journalist Lisa Colagrossi was on a routine assignment when she had what her husband, Todd Crawford, described as "a horrific coughing spell." Colagrossi was rushed to a local hospital's intensive care unit and placed on life support. Within 24 hours, the 49-year-old WABC-TV reporter was dead. The cause: the sudden rupture of an undiagnosed brain aneurysm. "At the time we knew nothing about the condition," recalled Crawford. "It turned out Lisa was experiencing at least one of the classic warning signs – the worst headache of her life – but we didn't take the proper steps to address it given our lack of knowledge. If we had, she might be here today." Besides her husband, Colagrossi left two young sons. Since that day, Crawford has worked tirelessly to turn his family's painful loss into a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Aneurysm

Posted 19 Jun 2015 by

-- An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery bulges, may rupture, and could cause dangerous internal bleeding. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors include: Being male, since men are more likely than women to have an aneurysm. Being age 65 or older. Smoking, which can lead to weakening of the artery walls. Having a family history or personal history of aneurysm. Having high blood pressure, heart disease or another disease that can weaken artery walls. Read more

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Patients With Bleeding Strokes May Do Better at Specialized Centers

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – New research finds that patients with hemorrhagic strokes, which cause bleeding in the brain, are more likely to survive if they seek treatment at a comprehensive stroke center. "Clinicians, especially emergency room physicians, need to be aware of the severity and potential implications of hemorrhagic stroke, and try to transfer patients to the hospital most capable of providing the full complement of care," said study author Dr. James McKinney in a news release from the American Heart Association. He is an assistant professor of neurology at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic. They occur when a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain. Unlike other strokes that happen when a blood vessel is blocked, this kind of stroke requires treatment that stops the bleeding. At issue is ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Aneurysm, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Size of Brain Aneurysm Doesn't Predict Chances of Rupture: Study

Posted 25 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 – The size of a brain aneurysm does not play a major role in its risk of bursting, a new study finds. A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain weakens and balloons out. If it bursts, it causes a bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke that typically results in brain damage or death. Finnish researchers analyzed data from aneurysm patients who were followed for their entire lives, and found that about one-third of all aneurysms burst, including about one-quarter of small aneurysms. The size of the aneurysm had little effect on its risk for rupture, particularly among men. Rupture risk was particularly high among women who smoked and had aneurysms that were 7 millimeters (mm) or more in diameter. The risk of rupture was exceptionally low among men who didn't smoke. "This is not to say that aneurysms in nonsmoking men never rupture, but that the risk is much ... Read more

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Growing Brain Aneurysms More Likely to Burst: Study

Posted 2 Jul 2013 by

TUESDAY, July 2 – Brain aneurysms of all sizes are 12 times more likely to rupture if they are growing, a new study finds. A brain (cerebral) aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain weakens and balloons out. If it bursts, it causes a bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke that can lead to brain damage or death. The study included 132 women and 33 men with a total of 258 brain aneurysms that were monitored for a number of years. The patients' brains were scanned using noninvasive CT angiography every six or 12 months. Over the study period, growth occurred in 46 (18 percent) of the aneurysms in 38 patients. Three of the growing aneurysms ruptured and all three were small (less than 7 millimeters, or about one-fifth of an inch) at the start of the study. The 46 growing aneurysms in the study were 12 times more likely to rupture than those that stayed the same size, according to the ... Read more

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Brain Bleeds More Common in Smokers, Research Shows

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 – Smoking greatly increases the risk of potentially fatal brain bleeding caused by a burst aneurysm, a new study warns. An aneurysm is a bulge in a weakened artery. If an aneurysm bursts, blood leaks into the brain. The chances of surviving a burst aneurysm are about 50 percent, and survivors often have lifelong disabilities. In the new study, published online Aug. 30 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers compared 426 people in South Korea who suffered brain bleeds between 2002 and 2004 with 426 people who did not have a brain bleed. The participants' average age was 50. The brain bleed group had a larger number of smokers and people with a family history of stroke and high blood pressure. Slightly less than 38 percent of those who had a brain bleed were current smokers, compared with a little more than 24 percent in the comparison ... Read more

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Sex, Coffee May Boost Risk of Brain Aneurysm Rupture: Study

Posted 5 May 2011 by

THURSDAY, May 5 – If you have a brain aneurysm, drinking coffee, having sex or even getting angry may boost the risk of it rupturing, a new study suggests. Although the risk is extremely small, people who have aneurysms should be careful, said Dr. Sahil Parikh, assistant professor of medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "For those patients who do have aneurysms, it would be advisable to avoid those behaviors," said Parikh, who's familiar with the study findings. Aneurysms occur when the wall of an artery weakens and bulges out. They can occur anywhere in the body, but are particularly dangerous in the brain, where they can cause a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke if they burst. In the study, published online May 5 in the journal Stroke, researchers asked 250 patients who had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm about their exposure to 30 possible triggers ... Read more

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New RX for Large Brain Aneurysm

Posted 13 Apr 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, April 13 – A new option to repair a difficult-to-manage bulging artery in the brain has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Such a bulge, called an aneurysm, can grow and eventually burst. This can lead to a brain hemorrhage and even death. Aneurysms larger than 10 millimeters, or those of an odd shape, often are difficult to treat. The cPAX Aneurysm Treatment System uses a special polymer to line the artery around the aneurysm, reducing the risk of rupture, the FDA said in a news release. The system was approved under the agency's Humanitarian Device Exemption, which makes devices available for conditions affecting fewer than 4,000 people annually. The system was evaluated in small pair of clinical studies involving 43 people, the FDA said. The cPAX system was approved for people 22 and older. It shouldn't be used in people with an active infection or ... Read more

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Device Approved to Treat Brain Aneurysm

Posted 6 Apr 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, April 6 – A new device to treat an arterial bulge (aneurysm) in the brain has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Over time, a person's normal blood pressure can cause an aneurysm to grow larger and burst, which could be life-threatening. A ruptured brain aneurysm affects about 30,000 people each year in the United States, the FDA said in a news release, citing an estimate from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Aneurysms are most common in people aged 50 to 60, and are three times more common in women than men, the FDA said. The newly approved Pipeline Embolization Device is a metal mesh tube that is implanted in the internal carotid artery, a primary supplier of blood to the brain. The device is meant to cut off blood flow to the aneurysm and to reduce the likelihood of the artery's rupture, the agency said. The device is implanted by ... Read more

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Device Approved to Continue Blood Flow During Brain Surgery

Posted 11 Mar 2011 by

FRIDAY, March 11 – A device that permits the rerouting of blood flow during surgery to treat a brain aneurysm or tumor in people at greater risk of stroke has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Excimer Laser Assisted Non-Occlusive Anastamosis (ELANA) Surgical Kit makes it possible for surgeons to bypass the aneurysm or tumor without clipping the affected artery and temporarily ending blood flow, the agency said in a news release. About 1,000 people who have brain bypass surgery each year would be at higher-than-normal risk of stroke if the artery were clipped and blood flow stopped, the agency said. These patients – 13 and older – often have a weakened, enlarged area in a brain artery called a cerebral aneurysm, or a tumor at the base of the skull. The ELANA kit was approved under the FDA's "Humanitarian Use Device" rules, meaning it's designed to treat or ... Read more

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Aneurysms in 2nd Generation May Not Come Early

Posted 23 Feb 2009 by

MONDAY, Feb. 23 – People whose parents, uncles or aunts have had a ruptured brain aneurysm are at increased risk for the deadly condition, but there's no evidence that aneurysm ruptures would occur at an earlier age in the second generation, a new report finds. The finding contradicts previous studies that concluded that aneurysm rupture occurs as much as 20 years earlier in the second generation than in older generations. That finding suggested that a genetic risk factor accumulated with each generation and that aggressive screening was required. A brain aneurysm is a weak or thin spot in a blood vessel that can rupture, causing bleeding into the brain. The new study included 1,641 people in 429 families in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States with at least one case of ruptured brain aneurysm. Of the 429 families, 54 (12.5 percent) had cases of ruptured aneurysms over ... Read more

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