Brain Aneurysms

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of an artery in the brain that bulges outward. It is also called a cerebral aneurysm.

Brain aneurysms are very rare in children and may not cause any symptoms until they burst or rupture. Ruptured brain aneurysms can be life threatening and the child will need immediate treatment to minimize damage to the brain.

In some cases, aneurysms are found during a brain scan for another reason. If the aneurysm is small and does not pose an immediate risk to the child, the best course of action is often careful observation.

Care for brain aneurysms

The Boston Children’s Hospital Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center has many years of experience treating brain aneurysms in children. We maintain a comprehensive database of all the children we treat for aneurysms to guide our practice in a truly evidence-based fashion.