2. Un-Ruptured Aneurysms
Research from the LCF indicates that up to 9-percent of the U.S. population are currently living with unruptured aneurysms. In fact, if the aneurysm never ruptures, many folks will never realize it’s existence.
LCF data notes that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can identify an aneurysm, but your doctor may not suggest treatment if it’s small or if it doesn’t pose a risk for leakage or rupture.
3. Primary Signs of a Ruptured Aneurysm
The most notable signals that an aneurysm has ruptured is a blinding headache (usually right behind the eyes), which may be accompanied by a tingling sensation in the face and neck, as well as potential light sensitivity (or photophobia) and neck stiffness (or nuchal rigidity).
Patients may also suffer from extreme fatigue, weakness of the limbs, blurred vision, and seizures. In rarer cases, patients describe a sensation of being “hit by lightning” and a loud “boom” as the aneurysm ruptures.
4. When a Rupture Occurs…
When a brain aneurysm leaks or ruptures, even a tiny leak will cause tremendous irritation and immense pressure within the brain. The leak many only occur for a few seconds before a platelet plug forms. In addition, if a leak or rupture occurs, essential blood supply will be cut off to vital areas and may cause the patient to lose consciousness.
The Society of Neurointerventional Surgery claims that a subarachnoid hemorrhage is fatal for 10- to 20-percent of patients before they ever reach the hospital. A ruptured aneurysm is fatal for 40- to 50-percent within the next 30-days.