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What is a cerebral aneurysm?

Cerebral aneurysms are a weakness or dilation of a blood vessel wall that can come in many forms. They occur, most commonly, in adults but also are seen in children. Multiple factors can contribute to aneurysm development and a comprehensive evaluation is essential in order to define the most appropriate plan for care.


How are cerebral aneurysms diagnosed?

There are a variety of imaging techniques used to aide in diagnosis. Noninvasive techniques such as MRI, MRA, and CTA can be used to determine the presence of an aneurysm. Cerebral angiography is also used to obtain detailed anatomical information about the aneurysm and the blood vessels around it. This can be critical in determining the most appropriate treatment plan.


How are cerebral aneurysms treated?

There are a variety of treatment options for cerebral aneurysms including catheter-based and open surgical techniques. A detailed analysis of the aneurysm is critical to determine what strategy would be best.

Cerebral Aneurysm

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At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, we are experts at diagnosing and treating adults and children with brain aneurysms. Through our multidisciplinary center, we provide resources for comprehensive treatment, long-term follow-up and support for patients and families.

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Page reviewed on: Sep 02, 2014

Page reviewed by: Robert J. Singer, MD

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