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Brain Aneurysm

A brain (or cerebral) aneurysm forms in weak areas of arteries that supply blood to the brain. They can happen to anyone and cause an "out pouching" of the blood vessels in the brain--like a small sac that bulges or balloons out from the vessel wall. Over time the sac can expand and be at risk for leaking or rupturing. 

That's why there are 2 types of aneurysms: unruptured (when it is in your brain without knowing) or ruptured (when it bursts and causes bleeding/leakage in the brain). Both types can be treated surgically but outcomes are much better if an aneurysm is detected before it ruptures.

Learn more about an unruptured aneurysm and if you are at risk.

Find out the symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm and if you are at risk. 


Fady T. Charbel, MD, FAANS, FACS  "Here at UI Health because of the expertise and technologies we've created, patients are referred to us from not only the Chicago land area but from around the country and world. This is the place if one does have a brain aneurysm that person will be treated in the most advanced and compassionate way to ensure for them the best chances of winning against this difficult disease."   

Fady T. Charbel, MD, FAANS, FACS 
Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery

Are you at risk?