September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month
Receiving a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm can be frightening. Although ruptured aneurysms are relatively uncommon, they can cause very serious illness or result in loss of life.
A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery that is very much like a weak spot on an inner tube or balloon. Over time, the blood flow within the artery pounds against the thinned portion of the wall and an aneurysm forms.
An estimated 6 million people in the United States, or one in 50, have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Our experienced team of neurosurgeons performs several unique and specialized techniques that improve the effectiveness and safety of aneurysm surgery, using one of the most modern operating-room environments in the world.
Many unruptured aneurysms may be treated with either endovascular coiling or surgical clipping. Both of these methods stop blood flow to the aneurysm. A new treatment, called the Pipeline embolization stent, was recently shown in a study to be safe and effective in managing aneurysms that are harder to treat, such as large cerebral aneurysms. This device helps the blood vessel seal itself, allowing the aneurysm to heal and reducing the risk of rupture.
“This technology is changing the way we treat many aneurysms,” says Christopher Moran, MD, a Washington University neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the author of the study. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was one of the trial sites in the Pipeline study and continues to be the major hospital in the region that uses the Pipeline device to treat aneurysms.
Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery