Brain Aneurysm

About 1-2% of the U.S. population likely has a brain aneurysm. But only about 30,000 of these aneurysms are likely to rupture in a given year. Our advanced neurology and neurosurgery team provides leading brain aneurysm treatment to people in Kansas City and beyond. We offer comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment strategies for people who have been diagnosed with or suffered the effects of vascular disorders including aneurysm and strokes.

About brain aneurysms

A brain aneurysm is a weak area in the wall of an artery that delivers blood to the brain. Though often harmless, these weak areas can bulge and burst, resulting in dangerous or even fatal ruptures that release blood into the skull.

  • Most brain aneurysms have no symptoms. Unruptured brain aneurysms may occasionally cause headaches, visual disturbances or speech issues. Ruptured brain aneurysms are an emergency and may be indicated by:

    • Sudden, severe headache
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Loss of consciousness

    Risk factors include family history of aneurysm, previous occurrence of aneurysm, high blood pressure and tobacco use. Gender and race may also play a role in risk, with women more likely than men to experience an aneurysm and African Americans more likely than Caucasians.

  • With most aneurysms exhibiting no symptoms, unruptured aneurysms are sometimes found during imaging tests for unrelated conditions. These tests may include:

    • Computed tomography scan
    • Magnetic resonance imaging

    A number of brain aneurysm treatment options may be considered, including:

    • Observation. It is often safest to monitor a small aneurysm until the risk of rupture warrants the risk of intervention.
    • Surgical clipping. In this procedure, a neurosurgeon will place a metal clip at the base of the aneurysm to reduce the pressure from normal blood flow.
    • Embolization. This entails placing a small metal coil into the aneurysm to fill it, decreasing the risk of rupture.
    • Radiosurgery. This is a form of radiation therapy that can be used to treat arteriovenous malformations.

Why choose us

  • For the 7th consecutive year, our neurology and neurosurgery programs ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top 50 providers.

  • Our multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to patient care ensures expertise from all critical specialties is brought together to make individualized and thorough decisions on behalf of every patient, especially those facing complex neurological conditions.

  • As part of one of the nation's premier academic medical centers, our care providers are committed to research and scientific discovery. We can often include our patients in potentially lifesaving clinical trials and treatment options not available anywhere else.

  • We treat the complete person. In addition to providing world-class care, we offer a brain aneurysm support group to help patients and their families better understand brain aneurysm and its physical and emotional effects.

What to expect

At the health system, you'll receive superior brain aneurysm treatment, including access to leading research and clinical trials. Expect your care team to use the latest innovations when appropriate to your care. Our specialists have consistently been among some of the first to incorporate new advancements into their daily practices, such as the Pipeline™Flex embolization device and Surpass® flow diverter, to support high-risk aneurysm care.

Our brain aneurysm experts provide complete aneurysm care from prevention to treatment and beyond. One of the ways we demonstrate our belief in comprehensive care for patients and families is through our brain aneurysm support group. We bring together physicians, psychologists, nurses and other support personnel to address your needs after aneurysm. We welcome your questions and concerns.

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We collaborate closely with the University of Kansas Medical Center to realize the power of academic medicine. Here at the health system, we deliver advanced patient care. The staff at the medical center conducts industry-leading research and clinical trials.
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