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 Brain Aneurysms

UCSD Specialists: Dr. Alex Khalessi, Dr. Scott Olson, Dr. Scott Pannell

Brain aneuryms pose a risk to patients for rupture causing loss of neurologic function or coma or death.  A ruptured aneurysm is a medical emergency and requires treatment at a center with special expertise in the clipping or coiling of these aneuryms. 

UCSD Medical Center has created a multi-disciplinary team (specialists in radiology, neurosurgery, endovascular therapy, stroke, intensive care, rehabilitation) who are dedicated to improving outcomes for patients with this disease. 


Additional information regarding treatment of these aneurysms can be obtained from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.  (except below)

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery very much like a thin balloon or weak spot on an inner tube. Aneurysms form silently from wear and tear on the arteries, and sometimes can form from injury, infection, or inherited tendency