Aneurysms: Signs, symptoms and risks

The thinning and bulging of the arterial wall, and at increased risk for rupture, brain aneurysms represent a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention.

Many risk factors exist that can lead to the growth of an aneurysm. However, many un-ruptured aneurysms do not display symptoms, prompting physicians to encourage everyone to notice any potential symptoms they may be experiencing.

Common symptoms of ruptured aneurysms
Sudden, severe headache described as "worst headache ever"
Nausea/Vomiting
Blurred, double vision
Sensitivity to light
Seizure
Drooping eyelid
Loss of consciousness
Confusion
(A "leaking" aneurysm is often followed by rupture, symptomized by a sudden, severe headache)

Un-ruptured aneurysms
Pain above/behind one eye
Dilated pupil
Change in vision/double vision
Numbness on one side of the face

Risk factors
Older age
Cigarette smoking
High blood pressure
Drug abuse (especially cocaine)
Heavy alcohol use
Family history

To learn more about aneurysm and other neurological care at McLaren Macomb, visit mclaren.org/macombneurology.