Symptoms and Diagnosis

Diagnosing and Treating Cerebral Aneurysms Early and Effectively

Dr. Philip Stieg, Chief of Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses the symptoms of an aneurysm.

Many brain aneurysms won't cause signs or symptoms before they hemorrhage. Sometimes, however, an aneurysm may press on surrounding brain structures, causing:

  • Headache that is sudden and severe
  • Numbness
  • Pain behind the eye
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Vision change
  • Weakness

NewYork-Presbyterian doctors can determine if symptoms and warning signs are related to a cerebral aneurysm, often by using imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Brain angiograms may also be used for treatment planning.

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