The Brain Aneurysm
This book has been expertly written and illustrated for patients with brain aneurysms and their families and for physicians and paramedical professionals interested in learning more about this field. The book contains detailed information about the investigation and screening of brain aneurysms and critical chapters related to their treatment. A comprehensive section on coma caused by ruptured brain aneurysms discusses the difficult choices facing both families and physicians during the management of critically ill aneurysm and brain hemorrhage patients. The book explains the process of informed consent for the investigation and treatment of brain aneurysms and the rationale for the choices given and decisions made. The risks and benefits of various procedures encountered by brain aneurysm patients and how the procedures are performed are described in detail. Responses to frequently asked questions regarding "clipping versus coiling" aneurysms are provided, as are step-by-step details of the relevant open surgical and endovascular procedures. An in-depth chapter devoted to rehabilitation and recovery after treatment presents information on what patients can expect and need to be aware of during this process. Chapters also cover treatment-related complications, wound issues, follow-up after coiling or clipping, and recurrent or persistent brain aneurysms after treatment. Finally, detailed "case histories" of persons with unruptured and ruptured brain aneurysms personalize the experience of having an aneurysm. Being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and undergoing treatment are some of the most significant events patients and their families are likely to experience. This practical book is a must-read for such persons.
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