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An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in a weakened section of an artery wall. These serious vascular conditions can be caused by certain medical problems, accidents and genetic conditions. Aneurysms are dangerous because if they go undetected and untreated, they can burst, resulting in life-threatening internal bleeding.
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Although they can develop in arteries anywhere in the body, these are the most common places aneurysms occur:
Aneurysms can form and grow for years without causing any signs or symptoms until they burst (rupture), obstruct blood flow or grow so large that they put pressure on nearby structures.
For people whose aneurysms do cause symptoms, the symptoms vary, depending on the type, severity and location of the aneurysm. Signs and symptoms also depend on whether the aneurysm has ruptured or is impacting other parts of the body.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an aneurysm, contact your doctor promptly.
Risk factors for aneurysms include:
Aneurysms can be diagnosed using imaging technologies such as:
The treatment for an aneurysm depends upon where in the body it is located, its severity, the overall health of the patient and whether or not it has ruptured (which is a medical emergency). Specialized vascular surgeons and neurovascular surgeons perform surgery if necessary. Treatments include:
If you or someone you know has the signs or symptoms of an aneurysm, please make an appointment today with one of WakeMed’s experienced vascular specialists.
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