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Old 10-01-2007, 11:18 AM   #1
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What causes aneurysm in the brain?

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Old 10-02-2007, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: aneurysm

It's a weakness in the vascular system. I had one..had it clipped 6.5 years ago. It runs in our family. I had no symptoms, but because of death of nephew, we all had to have MRIs. I had post-operation problems..blood left on site caused stroke effect and left side was nonfunctional at first. My right brain had to be trained to take over..was in rehab for almost 3 months. I function very well but must forever be physically active. I go to aquafit 3x a week and long hikes 2x a month as well as exercises from chiropractor.

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Re: aneurysm

wow sorry your aneurysm surgery didn't go so well.i hope things are better for you now.i was very very lucky(not to mention grateful as all get out) that mine was FINALLY found to be sits right in front of my brainstem so it was not even close to being clippable.they didn't even think before my actual angio that is was going to be able to even be coiled just becasue it was at a bend in the artery and too close in junction with another artery.scarey week there.

what actually causes an aneurysm is a weak "spot' in an artery.for whatever reason,that area becomes weak,and starts to kind of 'balloon out' of the normal arterial wall(arteries just carry all the high pressure blood flow and the veins the low pressure).tho the leading cause is high blood pressure,mine stems from the fact that i have polycystic kidney disease and for some reason anyone with PKD is just born with naturally weaker vessel walls.i was also just born with another vascular malformation that was found inside of my spinal cord upon a simple MRI for a herniated disc called a cavernous hemangioma.didn;t have a clue it was even there.

do you know for certain just what the 'familial' connection is all about?usually it isn't the aneurysm per se that gets inherited,or the tendency,it is usually some underlying condition that just makes you much more highly at risk for developing one like with my particular type of kidney disease.some conditions just create naturally weaker vessel walls so it would appear that the aneurysms themselves are being inherited not the linking condition,you know what i mean?i know because my son and my sister also have PKD,they too are at a higher risk than the rest of the population.and even higher now since i have had two vascular malformations found.its kind of scarey up there in the old brain these days huh?

you mentioned you had no pain with yours?did you just find this upon having that MRI or did something you actually 'felt' prompt you?i also had no headaches only these freaky 'heat flushes" that started at the top of the back of my head and just flushed on down thru my upper back.that was it.if i wouldn't have had such a fantastic neurosurgeon at the time who just sent me for an MRA just based on my history and the PKD,it probably wouldn't have been found til it had burst.i owe him i said,i feel very very fortunate.i do hope things are better for you now.take care,Marcia
3-22-01,herniated C-6-7
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.

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