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Female patient receiving brain aneurysm diagnosis and consultation

I encourage everyone to go for regular health screening for a higher chance of detecting an aneurysm early.

It is estimated that one in 100 people in the general community experience the condition in their lifetime. Brain aneurysms can go unnoticed or undetected – until it is too late. It’s when the brain aneurym ruptures, the results are grim.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Neurointervention Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Knowing the Dangers of a Brain Aneurysm

If you’ve landed on this blog post, chances are you or someone you know is dealing with a brain aneurysm. Understanding the dangers of brain aneurysms is crucial for timely treatment. A brain aneurysm can lead to life-threatening conditions like stroke and permanent brain damage if left untreated or ruptured.

Dr. Manish Taneja, our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, specializes in minimally invasive procedures for conditions such as brain aneurysm. We offer specialized care, prompt attention, and access to advanced imaging technology and procedures. 

After reading this article, understand brain aneurysms’ potential dangers and taking the first step towards seeking proper medical consultation. Learn more about the health indicators and afflictions to defuse this silent, dangerous ticking time bomb. Fortunately, there are minimally invasive treatment options to manage this condition effectively.

Understanding Brain Aneurysms

Brain aneurysms, simply put, are weak spots in the walls of blood vessels in your brain. These weak areas can balloon out and potentially rupture, leading to serious complications. While the exact causes are still being studied, factors like high blood pressure, smoking, and family history can increase the risk.

There are different types of brain aneurysms, each with its own characteristics:

  • Saccular Aneurysm: This type of aneurysm has a distinct sac or dome component. It appears as a small bulge on the blood vessel wall. Saccular aneurysms are the most common type.
  • Fusiform Aneurysm: In contrast to saccular aneurysms, fusiform aneurysms involve the entire circumference or circle of the blood vessel wall. Rather than forming a sac, the blood vessel becomes dilated and stretched.
  • Dissecting Aneurysm: A dissecting aneurysm occurs when there is a tear in the blood vessel wall. This tear allows blood to leak into the vessel wall layers, causing it to expand and form a bulge. 

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Aneurysm post can help you learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this potentially life-threatening condition. We provide care and treatment options at our specialized brain aneurysm clinic at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

 

Consult a Seasoned Brain Aneurysm Specialist

Finding the right doctor is key to your journey towards treatment and recovery. Dr. Manish Taneja has treated thousands of patients and treated brain aneurysms ranging from one milimeter to four centimeters. He has treated a range of ages from the young up to the average age for brain aneurysms of around 35 to 60. Unfortunately, no one can predict a brain aneurysm and also the young and fit are at risk. A brain aneurysm rupture can even cause a young to pass away in their sleep. Stay informed about treatment options and receive a recommended course of action with a seasoned brain aneurysm specialist who can give you a clearer picture of what lies ahead.

Walking Time Bombs

With limited data in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja estimates that one in 100 people in the general community experience the condition in their lifetime. Brain aneurysms can go unnoticed or undetected – until it is too late. It’s when the brain aneurym ruptures, the results are grim.  It’s a less talked about condition and one of the reasons we don’t hear much about it is because brain aneurysm is often overlooked by heart disease, ischemic stroke, or breast cancer.

Knowing risk factors for a brain aneurysm is the first step in early detection and treatment:

  • Worst headache in life
  • Sudden sensitivity to light
  • Sudden stiffness of neck
  • Sudden sharp pain behind or above one eye
  • Sudden blurred or double vision
  • Sudden numbness and tingling in facial area
  • Sudden loss of consciousness.
  • Sudden confusion or change of mental status.
  • Seizure
  • Perceived “gun shot” noise or extremely loud “BOOM.”
  • Drooping eyelid, nausea and vomiting

It’s important to understand the potential dangers of brain aneurysms. A ruptured aneurysm can cause severe bleeding in the brain, leading to a stroke or even death. Even untreated aneurysms can have long-term effects on your health. That’s why regular follow-up care and monitoring are crucial to managing this condition effectively.

Can Brain Aneurysms Be Cured? 

The good news is, brain aneurysms are fully treatable. Aneurysm clipping is one of the most common methods to remove brain aneurysms. An incision is made in the skull, dissecting the aneurysm, then clipping it with a small metal clip to secure or close it off. During the surgery, this titanium metal clip is placed around the neck or base of the aneurysm sealing it then preventing blood from flowing into it.

Compared to open surgery, brain aneurysm coiling and stent placement are performed under image guidance using a minimally invasive technique called endovascular coiling.

These technologically advanced interventional techniques enable doctors to treat nearly all types of brain aneurysms without resorting to open surgery. They offer several benefits, including shorter recovery time and reduced risk of complications. In some cases, stenting may be combined with coiling. A stent is a small metal mesh tube placed within the blood vessel to provide structural support and reduce the risk of coil migration.

It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done within two hours and patients can expect to be discharged after one night’s stay. Dr. Manish Taneja further explains.

“The device will be inserted via the groin together with small catheters to reach the brain. These small tubes are navigated up through blood vessels to where the aneurysm is; with constant monitoring via imaging. Once the flow diverter reaches the location of the aneurysm, it would be placed across the neck of the aneurysm, effectively blocking blood flow from going into the it while preserving normal blood flow in other branches to the brain.

The procedure’s risks – such as stroke – ranged from five to six percent when it was first introduced. However, today, the experience of the procedure has improved so much the risks have lowered to less than two percent.

The beauty of the procedure is that multiple aneurysms can be treated in one session. I would say that up to 30% of patients would have more than one aneurysm.”

It is important to note that the suitability of the procedure depends on various factors, including the size, location, and shape of the aneurysm as each case is unique. Understand how detrimental a brain aneurysm can be when it causes bleeding in the brain after a rupture.

Can a Brain Aneurysm Happen Again?

“This varies from one patient to another and I’ve treated this patient six times for different aneurysms in the past few decades. When I first met her, she was in her 30s. A decade later two more aneurysms popped up before another one appeared again. Now, she’s 62 and doing well.” – Dr. Manish Taneja

According to the American Stroke Association, having one aneurysm means there’s about a 20% chance of having one or more other aneurysms. Find more answers to commonly asked brain aneurysm and stroke questions from our patients with Dr. Manish Taneja. 

Visit the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic for Brain Aneurysm Treatment Options

In conclusion, understanding brain aneurysms and seeking proper consultation are vital steps in managing this condition. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Take charge of your health and explore treatment options. If you’re ready to take the next step, we invite you to arrange an appointment at the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. Our brain aneurysm specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja is here to provide the specialized care you deserve.

At our specialized brain aneurysm clinic in Singapore, we are committed to providing expert care and tailored treatments to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients’ health and well-being. Discover brain aneurysm treatment options and make informed decisions about surgery, endovascular procedures, or ongoing monitoring.

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Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Neurointerventional Treatments

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and pain management. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.