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New type of stent could help some brain aneurysm patients
Date:7/9/2014

d vessel to bulge or balloon out. When an aneurysm occurs in a blood vessel of the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm. According to the National Institutes of Health, people with a small, unruptured aneurysm may have few if any symptoms, while a growing aneurysm may result in localized headaches, eye pain, vision problems or loss of feeling in the face. In the event of a rupture, symptoms are sudden and severe and can include headache, nausea and unconsciousness.

Traditionally, there are two main treatment options for patients who need to have their aneurysm surgically treated -- open surgical clipping or endovascular therapy, or coiling. Surgical clipping involves preventing the blood flow from entering the aneurysm. The second option packs coils into the aneurysm preventing blood flow from entering the aneurysm.

Although aneurysms can occur at any age, they are most prevalent in adults ages 35 to 60 and more common in women than in men. Dr. Bendok recommends that people with a strong family history of aneurysms be screened. Identifying and treating an aneurysm before it ruptures can make the difference between life and death. A ruptured aneurysm is fatal in approximately 40 percent of cases.

"The results of this national trial could change the way large aneurysms are treated in a way that is a huge benefit to the patient," Bendok said. "Not only is this safer, it's less invasive, which drastically cuts recovery time. We are thrilled to offer participation in this study to our patients."


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Contact: Sheila Galloro
sgalloro@nmh.org
312-926-0735
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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