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Neurology Update


Brain aneurysms typically do not cause symptoms unless they rupture. However, if a brain aneurysm ruptures, the symptoms are severe and sudden. A typical presentation of thunderclap headache is most commonly described as the “worst headache of my life” and can be accompanied by vision changes, nausea, vomiting, neck pain, syncope, and unresponsiveness. Ruptured brain aneurysms cause subarachnoid hemorrhage and mass effect, and can also have symptoms similar to ischemic stroke.


Approximately 18% of patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage die prior to being evaluated at the hospital, and every minute impacts patient outcome.


Summa Health uses a multidisciplinary approach to aneurysm treatment. There are two endovascular neurologists that can treat both elective and emergent aneurysms using a minimally invasive coiling procedure. There are also three full-time neurosurgeons on staff if an invasive procedure such as clipping, ventricular drain, or craniotomy are required.


Summa Health has not only been recognized as “Healthgrades Top 100 Stroke Care Hospitals”, but also is a “5-Star Cranial Neurosurgery” recipient and has earned the “Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award”. This first-class coverage for all types of stroke are available around the clock at Summa Health.




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