What are the Symptoms of an Aneurysm?

Your head is pounding – could it be an aneurysm?

Not all aneurysms will prove to be dangerous, but they do hold the potential for a catastrophic rupture in the future. Any sign of an aneurysm should be checked out by a doctor, in case further action is needed. If you experience the symptoms of a ruptured or leaking aneurysm, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of an unruptured aneurysm:

  • Pain – Discomfort is usually located near the eyes.
  • Changes to your eye or vision – An aneurysm could cause a pupil to dilate or cause the onset of double vision.
  • Facial changes – Similar to a stroke, you may notice a drooping eyelid or drooping on one side of the face. This may be accompanied with a numb sensation or paralysis.

In some cases, unruptured aneurysms may present no symptoms at all. You may only discover the problem area during an unrelated medical exam.

Symptom of a leaking aneurysm:

Only one symptom will accompany an aneurysm that has begun to leak: a very intense headache. Once an aneurysm has started leaking, you can be fairly certain that a rupture will follow if no intervention occurs.

Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm:

A severe headache is the most common symptom of this dangerous situation, but other signs may include:

  • Confusion
  • A sore or stiff neck
  • A drooping eyelid
  • Blurry vision
  • A seizure
  • Fainting
  • Sudden sensitivity to lights
  • Nausea or vomiting

When it comes to matters of the brain, Denton Regional has a team of neurologists who are ready to act. Learn more about our Center for Neuroscience, or call (855) 477-DRMC for a physician referral.

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