Is there a difference between size and location of my aneurysm, when I consider my care options?
When considering care options for an aneurysm, many data points factor into the equation. Your age, lifestyle factors, over all well-being, and the size, shape and location of your cerebral aneurysm does matter.
Small or smaller aneurysms that are symmetrical or uniform in size, may be less likely to bleed. These factors, albeit there is no guarantee for how your aneurysm may behave, these factors determine the likelihood of whether an aneurysm is likely to bleed.
When considering care solutions, you want to also consider the symptoms and quality of life factors your aneurysm is effecting:
- Are you unable to focus on other life needs?
- Are you occupied by your diagnosis?
- Are you symptomatic and need more information about aggressive therapy, including surgery options?
- Once an aneurysm has bled, there’s a very high chance of re-bleeding. How does your healthcare team feel about aggressive therapy vs. supportive therapy?
If you are young of age, with fewer than two risk factors for a ruptured aneurysm you may speak to your health care team about what you can do in addition to a surgical consult to reduce your risk of a rupture when considering your next steps post diagnosis.