Brain Aneurysm Claims
Hospital Negligence can help you make a claim for compensation if you or someone you know has suffered a brain aneurysm as a result of negligence on the part of a medical professional. We understand that going through such a process can seem daunting after having been through such a difficult experience, but we are here to provide the assistance you need to help you get the outcome you deserve in the most stress-free way possible.
A burst aneurysm is a very serious event that can occur in any blood vessel in the body, with the more common examples including aneurysms in the brain (cerebral aneurysm) and in the artery transporting blood away from the heart (abdominal aortic aneurysm). A ruptured aneurysm can result in bleeding, which can lead to hypovolemic shock and even death.
A bulge formed in an artery and occurring when blood is forced against a weakened or damaged artery wall, an aneurysm is often caused by medical problems or genetic conditions. This balloon-like bulge can have very significant consequences because it can grow, which can result in:
- Rupture -this can lead to potentially fatal bleeding inside the body
- Dissection - this can cause potentially fatal bleeding in and along the layers of the artery wall
What is a brain aneurysm?
Also known as a cerebral aneurysm, a brain aneurysm is one of the most common types of aneurysm. Symptoms of a brain aneurysm only tend to be noticeable when it has burst, which leads to a subarachnoid haemorrhage and can result in severe brain damage.
Brain aneurysm treatment can help detect and prevent rupturing in the future. However, people are only treated when this risk is particularly high - and this is because the majority will not rupture.
Treatment is dependent on a person's age, health and medical history, as well as the position and size of the aneurysm. Usual treatments include:
- An open operation with a small metal clip used to seal the aneurysm shut
- Using tiny metal coils to fill it
As aneurysms can occur in different parts of the body and the symptoms can vary.
Signs of a brain aneurysm when a rupture has not taken place include:
- Loss of balance
- Speech problems
- Double vision
- Perception difficulties
When a rupture has occurred, symptoms include:
- Severe headache
- Vision problems
- Pain behind or above the eyes
- Stiffness of the neck
Symptoms of an abdominal aneurysm include:
- Pain in the central back
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Oedema (fluid retention in the body)
- Lower limb ischaemia (caused by a lack of blood flow to a limb)
Renal (kidney) aneurysm symptoms include:
- Tenderness and pain in the sides
- High blood pressure
- Blood in the urine
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