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An aneurysm is a bulge in a vein or artery. As aneurysms get larger, they have an increased chance of rupturing. This can have severe consequences including a chance of death.

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Why do aortic aneurysms typically result in death?

An aortic aneurysm is a blowout about to happen. If it never ruptures then the person can live indefinitely, but if it does tear then you can lose your entire blood supply in under a minute. That's fatal - 100% of the time.

Unless you are very lucky (have the rupture in an operating room) it is not survivable. (The pain as the tear begins is often the only warning).

Aortic aneurysm is automatically fatal as this medical emergency suddenly curtails blood supply to the body. See the related link for further information.

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How long is recovery time after aneurysm surgery?

Your question has no definite answer. An aneurysm is a ballooning in an artery. That means a weak place in an artery wall starts becoming larger and larger and looks like a balloon. If the balloon pops, blood no longer goes through the artery but out into your body.

You can have an aneurysm in a number of places in your body and you can have the surgery done in a number of different ways. If a brain aneurysm breaks it is called it is called a stroke. Sometimes, the surgeon takes a stent through an artery to close off the aneurysm. Sometimes it is done through the skin. Sometimes a patient is up the next day. Sometimes, if it was in the brain and hard to get to, it is quite a while.

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What are the symptoms of ventricular aneurysm?

The principle symptom of a ventricular aneurysm is cardiac insufficiency, a condition in which not enough blood is being pumped to the body.

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Can aneurysm be a result of taking a bath during fever?

First, ANSWER: No. If you take a bath with a fever, make sure the H2O is atleast room temp. No colder. Dangers of taking a cold bath with a high temp include systematic shock, seizure (due to rapid change in body temp), bradycardia (slow heart rate) from vagal response, and I */believe but am not 100% sure/* a possibility of going into V-Tach/V-Fib (lethal cardiac rhythm).

Second off, an Aneurysm is /NOT/ a blood clot. And Emboli/Embolus (Stationary) or Thrombi/Thrombus (Moving) are blood clots. An Aneurysm is a weakened section of an Arteries wall, which can cause a 'ballooning' out of that vessels wall. Commonly seen in the brain and on the Aorta (the main artery in the body).

Causes of an aneurysm can be chemical consumption (Alcohol/Drugs/Nicotine), poor diet, to birth defects and poor genes.

Just because you have an Aneurysm does not mean you are going to die. If the aneurysm RUPTURES, then there is a very good chance you will die.

Third: No, if you have a fever >101 oF, you do not have to immediately go to the ER. Go to an urgent care clinic or your regular family physician. If you have a fever >103/104 oF, then you should consider Emergency Medical care. Please note: You can take Anti-pyretics for fevers. Motrin (tm), Tylenol, etc. Then work wonders for fevers. Guess what, that's what the ER is more than likely going to do for you.

Danger for the fever comes in when you get above that 103/104 -OR- when your fever come on RAPIDLY (<30-60min). IE: Your temp is 98.7 and within an hour you shoot up to 102. If this occurs you will more than likely have a febrile seizure.

-FireMedicX, Flight Paramedic

AnswerThere is no correlation between the two. Aneurysms are a blood clot that lets go on it's own accord and can hit the heart, lung or brain. For some reason Aneurysms have been increasing in teens in the last 10 years. This may be due to drug or alcohol abuse, but doctors are shocked at the rise. AnswerThere is no correlation between taking a bath during fever and having an aneurysm which is a blood clot that can decide to move on it's own and hit the lungs, heart or brain. When anyone has a high fever of more that 101 they should go to a clinic or ER ASAP.
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What is an aneurysm?

An enlargement of a vessel.

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What is the process known as aneurysm obliteration?

The placement of surgical clips to the neck of the lesion. Thus, the aneurysm becomes isolated from the normal circulation without damaging adjacent vessels and shrinks to become undetectable.

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A finding no focal intracranial saccular aneurysm seen although aneurysms 3mm or less may not be detected by mra?

It means that they couldn't find any saccular aneursyms.

But since aneursyms 3mm or less sometimes can't be seen on an MRA, they can occasionally be missed when they are that tiny. However, if you're going in for a specific problem (such as headaches), an aneursym would most likely be larger or leaking. If an aneurysm were leaking - they would have seen it on a regular MRI.

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What is the shape of a saccular aneurysm?

The saccular aneurysm, once called a berry aneurysm, resembles a piece of fruit dangling from a branch

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A cpt code for direct repair of vertebral artery aneurysm?

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How do you die from an aneurysm?

You bleed to death on the inside. The wall of a blood vessel bursts when the aneurysm bursts.

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What happens when an aortic aneurysm ruptures?

A ruptured aortic aneurysm can cause sudden loss of a fatal amount of blood within minutes or it can leak in a series of small bleeds that lead within hours or days to massive bleeding.

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Definition

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward.

Alternative Names

Aneurysm - aortic; AAA

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The exact cause is unknown, but risk factors for developing an aortic aneurysm include:

An abdominal aortic aneurysm can develop in anyone, but is most often seen in males over 60 who have one or more risk factors. The larger the aneurysm, the more likely it is to rupture and break open.

Symptoms

Aneurysms develop slowly over many years and often have no symptoms. If an aneurysm expands rapidly, tears open (ruptured aneurysm), or blood leaks along the wall of the vessel (aortic dissection), symptoms may develop suddenly.

The symptoms of rupture include:

  • Pain in the abdomen or back -- severe, sudden, persistent, or constant. The pain may radiate to the groin, buttocks, or legs.
  • Clammy skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shock
Signs and tests

Your doctor will examine your abdomen. The exam also will include an evaluation of pulses and feeling in your legs. The doctor may find:

  • A lump (mass) in the abdomen
  • Pulsating sensation in the abdomen
  • Stiff or rigid abdomen

You may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm that is not causing any symptoms or problems. Your doctor may find this problem by doing the following tests:

Either of these tests may be done when you're having symptoms.

Treatment

If you have bleeding inside your body from an aortic aneurysm, you will have open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

If the aneurysm is small and there are no symptoms:

  • You and your doctor must decide whether the risk of having surgery is smaller than the risk of bleeding if you do not have surgery.
  • Your doctor may recommend checking the size of the aneurysm with ultrasound tests every 6 months, to see if the aneurysm is getting bigger.

Surgery is usually recommended for patients who have aneurysms bigger than 2 inches (5.5 cm) across and aneurysms that are growing quickly. The goal is to perform surgery before complications or symptoms develop.

There are two approaches to surgery:

  • In a traditional (open) repair, a large cut is made in your abdomen. The abnormal vessel is replaced with a graft made of man-made material, such as Dacron.
  • The other approach is called endovascular stent grafting. This procedure can be done without making a large cut in your abdomen, so you may get well faster. If you have certain other medical problems, this may be a safer approach. Endovascular repair is rarely done for a leaking or bleeding aneurysm.
Expectations (prognosis)

The outcome is usually good if an experienced surgeon repairs the aneurysm before it ruptures. However, less than 80% of patients survive a ruptured abdominal aneurysm.

Complications

When an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, it is a true medical emergency. Aortic dissection occurs when the innermost lining of the artery tears and blood leaks into the wall of the artery. This most commonly occurs in the aorta within the chest.

Complications include:

Calling your health care provider

Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have pain in your belly or back that does not go away or is very bad.

Prevention

To reduce the risk of developing aneurysms:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, exercise, stop smoking (if you smoke), and reduce stress to help lower your chances of having a blocked artery again.
  • Your health care provider may give you medicine to help lower your cholesterol.
  • If you were given medicines for blood pressure or diabetes, take them as your doctor has asked you to.

People over age 65 who have smoked at any time in their life should have a screening ultrasound performed once.

References

Gloviczki P, Ricotta JJ II. Aneurysmal vascular disease. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 65.

Greenhalgh RM, Powell JT. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. N Engl J Med. 2008;358:494-501.

Lederle FA, Kane RL, MacDonald R, Wilt TJ. Systematic review: repair of unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:735-741.

Braverman AC, Thompson RW, Sanchez LA. Diseases of the aorta. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 60.

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Review Date: 01/04/2012

A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by John A. Daller, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (8/1/2011).

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Did George Gershwin die from a brain tumor or brain aneurysm?

A brain tumor. Neurosurgery being in it's infancy at the time, the operation was very risky, and Gershwin did not survive it. Gershwin's idol, Ravel, died just a few months later, immediately after his own neurosurgery.

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What celebrities had brain aneurysm?

Laura Brannigan and Sharon Stone come to mind. Sharon survived, but Laura was not as lucky.

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What causes an aorta aneurysm?

Aorta is the main artery of the body, it is the largest one carrying the most blood. An aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of an artery which results in a bulging. The aneurysm can rupture in which case the person dies quickly from internal bleeding. It needs to be dealt with immediately. Surgical repair of the weakened aorta is necessary, and minimally invasive procedures make repair of this defect easier on the patient. Aortic anurysims can be caused by genetic factors that result in weakened walls of the blood vessel. Atherosclerotic plaques (hardening of the arteries) plays a role in weakening the arteries as well.

Note: Was sad to read Alan Thicke's cause of death was a ruptured aorta🙁

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Can brain aneurysm be cured?

Yes! Through surgery.

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What causes frequent migraines other than an aneurysm?

Migraines are a neurological disorder which usually cause repeated episodes of severe pain with many other symptoms. A Migraine has many stages however, and pain is only one of the stages. A Migraine attack can involve one or more of the stages, but does not necessarily even involve pain (acephalgic Migraine).

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain. This is often due to an congenital abnormality or weakness in a blood vessel (an abnormality present since birth). The head pain caused by an aneurysm is usually a one time event. The vessel bleeds - many times causing the "worst headache of your life"- and either you are able to catch it in time to repair it and stop the hemorrhaging, or you die.

People who end up having an aneurysm may or may not have a history of migraine. If a person does suffer from both, it is coincidence. There are no studies that state the two are related.

Very rarely, people who have migraines end up having a stroke. This is thought to be caused by extended ischemia (loss of blood flow) to an area of the brain due to migraines causing a change in the blood flow due to constriction and dilation of blood vessels. Strokes are not the same as aneurysms.

Migraines have many, many different triggers. Diet, sleep patterns, dehydration, weather changes, hormone changes, and stress are just a few of these triggers. In order to find out what is triggering your migraines, it is very helpful to begin keeping a migraine diary - so that you can look back and try to remember what happened in the 24 hours leading up to the attack. You may be able to identify a pattern and then prevent the trigger.

If you are having more than two migraines a month you should seek the care of a neurologist to try preventative migraine medications. It is trial and error to find the medication combination that works for you, however, it can reduce the frequency and duration of your migraines significantly.

Another AnswerAs a sufferer of frequent migraines, the causes are many. (Thanks goodness for new treatment options) Usually the cause can be as simple as a food allergy. Many trigger foods include proceesed meats,aged cheese, red wine (is really bad), or foods that contain a high content of tyramine. Hormonal fluctuations can bring on a pounder. (the day before your period). It is also a known fact that barometric pressure changes cause wicked headaches. Here in Calgary Alberta when a "Chinook" blows in (the temperature can go from -25 to +3 ) in a matter of hours, people that never get headaches are now reaching for strong painkillers. The same phenomena happens in California (Santa Anna winds). Tension and stress can bring on a migraine. Grinding of teeth as you sleep can cause headache pain. It is IMPORTANT that if you suffer from headaches to wake up at the same time everyday. (This helps reduce the # of headaches you get). Drinking a cup of coffee (to combat the dilation of blood vessels in the brain) also can help greatly. I know it feels like our brains are "bleeding" when you're in the middle of a migraine but I can assure you that migraine sufferers RARELY and I mean RARELY die from an aneurysm. It is a medical fact that people that do die from annurism"s have NO former history of migraines. Aneurysms are RARE and migraines are COMMON. Get your self to a quiet place when you feel a headache coming on. Go see a DR. to get a prescription for your headaches. There is NO need to suffer. There is a lot you can do to help yourself. Good luck and don"t worry. Thanks Redflower7

--just to add to this, caffeine is actually a vasoconstrictor- it is a stimulant- and can compound problems by creating dependency and inducing migraines when caffeine is not consumed... it helps to soothe the pain of migraines presumably by decreasing pressure in the brain because there is a theory that migraine pain is caused by increased blood vessel size in the brain...waking up at the same time every day is indeed a great suggestion though- and drinking more water, getting adequate amounts of rest, eating a balanced diet, and regular exercise--keeping blood pressure in check can curb off headaches that could lead to migraines as well--and destressing on a regular basis...if you're having recurrent episodes of migraines you should keep a record of how often, how intense, and how long they last- and see a physician...

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What is the difference between an aneurysm and a stroke?

An Aneurysm is a weakening in a vascular wall resulting in a blood-filled sac. The blood in this sac may clot, break free, and form an embolus that may lodge elsewhere, preventing necessary blood flow -- or it may not. Aneurysms can be treated surgically, if reached fast enough. A Stroke is the sudden death of brain or neural tissue, resulting from hypoxia, e.g. no oxygen because blood flow to the region has been stopped.

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What are cerebrovascular problems?

These include brain hemorrhages and aneurysms

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Can yelling cause an aneurysm?

It won't frequently do so, but with enough strain, yes, yelling can cause an aneurysm.

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What is the Life expectancy after an adominal aortic aneurysm repair?

Hi there,

I cannot answer the above question but I can provide hope for people and families who may have had a loved one suffer from this.

My father collapsed without warning nearly one year ago and was rushed to Hospital. After an xray it was discovered he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm and had to be operated on immediately if there was any chance of him surviving. We were of course shell shocked. Dad had been up and about and up a ladder only that morning. He was, however, 67 and had smoked most of his life. He was rushed into surgery lasting three hours. The prospects did not look good and we were told to expect the worst.

However, the surgery was sucessful but dad was in Intensive care for nearly 4 weeks with no sign of movement. One Saturday afternoon we visited him and just like that he gained consciousness. It took another few weeks for him to be discharged and about another 8 months for him to get back to normal. By that I mean coming to terms with the emotional aspects of what had happened and waterworks which seemed to be a bit of a problem for a while!. There was no long term speech damage or brain damage.

What Im trying to say is that don,t ever give up hope if you have a loved on in this situation. Some people do make it through.

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What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is an aneurysm that occurs in the brain. An aneurysm is the bulging of an artery that results from weakness in the artery's wall. The major complication of aneurysms is that the wall can become so weak that the aneurysm ruptures, causing hemorrhage that can ultimately lead to death if not treated quickly.

There are generally two classes of brain aneurysms: berry (saccular) aneurysms and Charcot-Bouchard aneurysms. Berry aneurysms have a tendency to occur in families (eg, in association with a disease called polycystic kidney disease), although they are less commonly associated with hypertension (high blood pressure). They most commonly occur in the circle of Willis, a major system of arteries that provides blood to the brain. Since the circle of Willis is outside of the brain, ruptured berry aneurysms don't frequently cause intracerebral (within the brain) hemorrhages; they usually cause subarachnoid hemorrhages.

Charcot-Bouchard aneurysms, on the other hand, are most commonly associated with hypertension and typically occur in the small arteries that penetrate into the brain. As a result, a ruptured Charcot-Bouchard aneurysm leads to an intracerebral hemorrhage.

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By what measure is surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm a safe procedure?

The mortality rate for surgically treated abdominal aortic aneurysm is about 5% and increases to 50% for aneurysms that rupture. Thoracic aneurysms also have a mortality rate of about 5%

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How do you get a brain aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and possibly burst.

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Can screaming cause an Aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel. They are hereditary, and the causes are unknown. They are not caused by screaming, although anything that caused a sudden blood pressure spike could trigger a rupture if it was about to happen anyway.

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