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Smokers treated for brain aneurysm with coils at higher risk of recurrence
Date:3/19/2008

actors that lead to a predisposition for these cerebral aneurysms, cigarette smoking is the only factor that has consistently been identified in all the populations studied, and is also the most easily preventable, says Dr. Veznedaroglu. The quantity of cigarettes smoked was also found to have an impact on the increased risk of developing an aneurysm, he adds.

Cigarette smoking has been directly correlated with an increased risk of intracranial aneurysm formation and growth, the authors say. And despite this evidence, more than one third of prior smokers continue to use nicotine after suffering an aneurysm, especially patients who started smoking at a young age and those with a history of depression or alcohol abuse.

However in the group of patient cases reviewed, the authors did not find a significant trend between smoking cessation after aneurysm treatment and the incidence of aneurysm recurrence, but the sample size was not large enough to demonstrate statistical significance.

Nevertheless, patients with known cerebral aneurysms should be aggressively counseled about the risk of cigarette smoking, Dr. Veznedaroglu says.


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