Brain aneurysms are caused by weakened sections in the walls of blood vessels. These may be hereditary or the result of a previous injury.
Often, an aneurysm will have no symptoms unless it pushes on other structures in the brain or breaks open. This may result in a sudden, severe headache. Other symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm include:
- Double vision or loss of vision
- Drooping of an eyelid
- Nausea or vomiting
- Speech impairment
- Stiff neck
Patients with ruptured brain aneurysms should seek immediate medical attention. Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s Brain Aneurysm Center, located at Overlook Medical Center, provides a variety of diagnostic and treatment options for this condition.
Additional Educational Resources
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Cerebral Aneurysms
- American Heart Association: What You Should Know About Cerebral Aneurysms
- Society of Neurointerventional Surgery: Aneurysms
- The Brain Aneurysm Foundation: Brain Aneurysm Basics
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Cerebral Aneurysms