A cerebral aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain. These bulges can burst, causing a life-threatening emergency. But many never burst, and patients can sometimes choose to forego surgery in favor of having the area monitored for changes.
It is not possible to tell in advance which aneurysms will burst or when. Each patient has to weigh the potential risks of surgery against the stress of living with an aneurysm that might rupture. Dr. Solomon said this makes the decision to have surgery a very personal choice.
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