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A brain aneurysm is a widening of a blood vessel in the brain which results in weakening of the blood vessel. The blood vessel can burst, leading to bleeding in the brain. The weak spots are located wear the arteries come together and connect with one another. The weak spots balloon out and fill with blood, which is the aneurysm. They are sac-like areas that are likely to leak from the weak points or rupture altogether. If you think that your condition has worsened as a result of medical negligence, contact our brain aneurysm solicitors for advice at no cost.
The cause of brain aneurysms can be hereditary so that you are born with the aneurysm you have. There can be weaknesses due to microscopic damage due to abnormal flow of the junction points of the arteries. These would not be congenital. There are rare causes of aneurysms including those caused by fungi, known as mycotic aneurysms. Cocaine or other drug abuse can cause the artery walls to become inflamed and can weaken the artery wall, leading to an aneurysm.
Brain aneurysms are not uncommon and are found at a rate of 1 percent at autopsy without the aneurysm ever causing a problem. The vast majority of aneurysms are small and never become a clinical emergency. Others get larger and put pressure on the nearby brain tissue causing certain symptoms. The symptoms of an large unruptured aneurysm include having numbness or weakness of one side of the face, headache, dilated pupil or a change in vision.
If an aneurysm leaks or bursts, they potentially can get a stroke or even die. Bleeding leaks into the subarachnoid space around the brain and can cause a subarachnoid haemorrhage. The symptoms include a very severe headache due to brain irritation, a change in vision, stiffness of the neck and pain in the neck or nausea and vomiting.
Doctors diagnose a brain aneurysm by having a high enough index of suspicion. After doing a history and physical exam, the doctor can order a CT scan of the head which will show blood in and around the aneurysm. There will be blood in the subarachnoid space in more than ninety percent of ruptured cases. If there is a high index of suspicion along with a negative ultrasound, a doctor can perform a lumbar puncture or spinal tap, which will show bloody fluid. Angiography can be done to show where the aneurysm is located and the doctor can find the aneurysm in order to get rid of it. A CT scan or MRI scan is done along with a dye study to do the angiogram.
The differential diagnosis of brain aneurysm includes a bad migraine headache, meningitis, stroke, and brain tumour. The above testing can identify what exactly is the cause of the symptoms the patient is having.
The treatment of the brain aneurysm includes a couple of choices. The doctors can do brain surgery and can clip off the aneurysm so it receives no blood supply and cannot leak. Another treatment involves a coiling procedure. The doctor uses a small catheter and enters the brain in the affected blood vessel. The catheter contains a small coil at the end of it that is inserted into the aneurysm. The aneurysm clots around the coil and will prevent the brain aneurysm from leaking or bleeding.
Both treatment options can result in damage to the blood vessels and worsened bleeding. There can be damage to nearby tissue. The surrounding blood vessels can go into spasm, causing a stroke to happen.
Brain aneurysms are dangerous. About ten percent of ruptured aneurysm patients die before even seeing a doctor and another fifty percent will die within the month. Twenty five percent of those with a brain aneurysm who do not die immediately will have another episode of bleeding within a week of the first bleeding episode. There is a big risk of getting a spasm of a nearby artery so that the person can have a stroke. If the person arrives at the hospital in a speedy fashion, there is a much higher risk of survival.
Medical Negligence Solicitors
If you would like legal advice at no cost about claiming compensation for a brain aneurysm just use the helpline, complete the contact form or email our solicitors offices and a specialist medical negligence solicitor will telephone you with no further obligation. Following a review of the circumstances of the injury and of the medical records you will be advised whether you have a reasonable claim and if so, what steps you should take to protect your legal right to receive compensation. All of our brain aneurysm solicitors use no win no fee arrangements to represent their clients which means that if your brain aneurysm solicitor doesn't achieve settlement then he doesn't get paid his professional costs and the client does not receive a bill for legal costs.