Our expert says:
a brain aneurism is an enlarged blood vessel in the brain ( it looks like a little balloon in the blood vessel) and it presses on the surrounding brain tissue. It is often something that you are born with that slowly gets bigger over time but can also be caused by high blood pressure, injury, infections or arterosclerosis ( hardening of the arteries due to high cholesterol). It is not always necessary to operate but if something shows up on the scan, you will be referred to a neurosurgeon with experience in the management of aneurisms.
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