Cerebral Aneurysms

What Is a Cerebral Aneurysm?

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Cerebral Aneurysm Symptoms

Researchers are still investigating the causes of brain aneurysms, but:

  • High blood pressure
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Abnormality in the artery wall
  • Injury

can all contribute to an aneurysm.

Often there aren’t any symptoms, and the arterial bulge is found during other diagnoses.

Unruptured aneurysm symptoms related to the eyes:

  • Vision trouble
  • Dilated pupil
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Eye pain

Other symptoms that can occur with a cerebral aneurysm rupture are similar to stroke symptoms such as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sudden and intense headache
  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face or limbs
  • Seizures

If you think that you or your loved one is experiencing a rupturing aneurysm, enlist emergency medical expertise immediately.

How Is a Cerebral Aneurysm Diagnosed?

Highly developed medical imaging is used in diagnosing cerebral aneurysms:

  • Angiography that takes real-time x-rays of your veins and arteries using fluoroscopy
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

State-of-the-Art Treatments for Cerebral Aneurysms at NSPC

If your aneurysm doesn’t present any symptoms and is small, your physician may recommend that you have regularly scheduled exams to keep a close watch on your condition. Depending on your specific condition, surgery may be the best treatment option.

The seasoned doctors at NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery (NSPC) (NSPC) provide the most up-to-date brain aneurysm treatments. Our highly skilled multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons are leaders in the NY region’s medical community, with positions as chiefs of neurosurgery in some of Long Island’s best hospitals.


Minimally invasive endovascular coiling embolization. The endovascular neurosurgeon threads a narrow catheter from a small incision in the groin through the blood vessel and to the aneurysm site. A thin flexible coil is put in place to stimulate the clotting of the aneurysm.

Microsurgical clipping. During microsurgical clipping a tiny metal clip is placed around the ballooning artery to inhibit the blood flow into the aneurysm.

Cerebral Bypass. If the blood vessel has burst, but blood flow is still needed to a section of the brain. A neurosurgeon can occlude or block the blood flow to the aneurysm and then use a donor vessel to bypass the aneurysm, but still allow blood to circulate to that particular section of the brain.

The expert doctors at NSPC offices on Long Island and in the New York tristate area offer the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatment options. Contact one of our NY medical centers to find out about revolutionary surgical solutions to complex brain conditions.

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Neuroendovascular Center

NSPC provides world-class care for cerebrovascular conditions such as brain aneurysms, cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), stroke, and carotid stenosis. Our neuroendovascular surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive procedures and traditional surgeries — so you have the best treatment options available.


Jonathan Brisman

M.D., F.A.C.S.


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