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About Pediatric Aneurysms

An aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery. Different kinds of aneurysms require different treatment. Sometimes the best course of action is aneurysm surgery, which may consist of clipping, coiling or bypass surgery.

This page is about pediatric brain aneurysms—brain aneurysms in infants, children and adolescents. For information about brain aneurysms in adults, see the adult aneurysm page.

Aneurysms tend to form where arteries branch. The most common kind of aneurysm is a saccular aneurysm. It is the type most likely to rupture and bleed; it is also the type for which the greatest number of treatment options are available.

The less common type is a fusiform aneurysm. In this type of aneurysm, the artery wall does not bulge out in just one spot but rather is swollen all the way around. Fusiform aneurysms are less straightforward to treat, but they are also much less likely to rupture and bleed.

Brain aneurysms in children are not exactly the same as brain aneurysms in adults. Pediatric brain aneurysms tend to arise from different causes and are more likely to be large and complex. At Columbia Neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgeons Dr. Richard Anderson and Dr. Neil Feldstein specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of aneurysms in patients ages 0 to 18.

To develop personalized plans that address their patients’ individual needs, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Feldstein work with patients, patients’ families and a multidisciplinary team of health care providers at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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