When you hear the words “brain aneurysm,” you might immediately think of a blood vessel bursting in the brain, causing a life-threatening emergency.
While this does occasionally happen, the word “aneurysm” actually means that a blood vessel in the brain has thinned in a spot and is bulging outwards, like a balloon.
Some of these aneurysms are at a higher risk of bursting, or they might cause painful or bothersome symptoms. These aneurysms can require surgery.
With all these different variables, neurosurgeons at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital not only stay up to date on the latest research, but continue to take a leading role in educating other doctors.
Columbia’s Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery and Director of the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory, Dr. E. Sander Connolly, was on hand at the 2015 annual meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) this fall where he spoke about managing both unruptured aneurysms and brain hemorrhage.
At a session called “Guidelines for the Management of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms,” Dr. Connolly spoke about the latest research on managing unruptured brain aneurysms.
Dr. Connolly also brought his expertise to a panel on “Guidelines and Innovations in the Development of Intracerebral and Intraventricular Hemorrhage.” Here, he spoke about what to do when an aneurysm actually bursts, including both traditional and new minimally invasive options for managing such bleeding.
You can also read more about Dr. Connolly’s past presentations at the CNS annual meeting at these links:
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