Aneurysm Symptoms and Diagnosis: What to Know Everyday Health

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There are several screening and diagnostic tools doctors use to detect aneurysms. Doctors discover many aortic aneurysms after administering a computerized tomography (CT) scan for some other reason. A CT scan is a painless test that uses contrast dye injected into a vein in the arm and X-rays to get clear pictures of the aorta or brain. A small brain bleed, known as a sentinel hemorrhage, may not be detected on a CT scan, so if it's suspected, the doctor may perform a spinal tap. But a CT scan will pick up a large brain bleed, known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, Dr. Teitelbaum says.


Deep Learning for MR Angiography: Automated Detection of Cerebral Aneurysms

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To develop and evaluate a supportive algorithm using deep learning for detecting cerebral aneurysms at time-of-flight MR angiography to provide a second assessment of images already interpreted by radiologists. MR images reported by radiologists to contain aneurysms were extracted from four institutions for the period from November 2006 through October 2017. The images were divided into three data sets: training data set, internal test data set, and external test data set. The algorithm was constructed by deep learning with the training data set, and its sensitivity to detect aneurysms in the test data sets was evaluated. To find aneurysms that had been overlooked in the initial reports, two radiologists independently performed a blinded interpretation of aneurysm candidates detected by the algorithm. When there was disagreement, the final diagnosis was made in consensus. The number of newly detected aneurysms was also evaluated. The training data set, which provided training and validation data, included 748 aneurysms (mean size, 3.1 mm 2.0 [standard deviation]) from 683 examinations; 318 of these examinations were on male patients (mean age, 63 years 13) and 365 were on female patients (mean age, 64 years 13).


'Concern' as study highlights aneurysm death rate

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The death rate from abdominal aortic aneurysms is more than three times higher in England than in the US, analysis of official data shows. The weakening and swelling of the main blood vessel from the heart is normally fatal if it bursts. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raised "concern" that English surgeons may be performing preventative operations less often. Experts say the issue should be investigated further. The aorta is normally 2 cm across and international guidelines suggest considering surgery once an aneurysm grows to 5.5 cm in men or 5 cm in women.


Mom who cheated death meets son for first time after 111-day recovery

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A North Carolina mother who was "in the process of actively dying" has finally held her infant son after spending more than 111 days recovering from life-saving surgery. Danielle, whose last name was not revealed, was rushed to the emergency room in February with chest pains. The 31-year-old, who was pregnant with her son K.V. at the time, has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Patients typically experience complications related to the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes, according to The Marfan Foundation. "It's not so common that we see someone coming so sick, and pregnant, and in such a situation that the mortality rate is pretty close to 100 percent," Dr.


Novel AI tool may assist radiologists for fast detection of brain aneurysms: JAMA Speciality Medical Dialogues

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A novel artificial intelligence or AI tool, developed by researchers at Stanford University may assist radiologists for fast detection of brain aneurysms revealed the findings of a study published JAMA Network Open. The paper highlighted areas of a brain scan that are likely to contain an aneurysm. A brain aneurysm is characterized as bulges in blood vessels in the brain that can leak or burst open, potentially leading to stroke, brain damage or death. This tool, which is built around an algorithm called HeadXNet, improved clinicians' ability to correctly identify aneurysms at a level equivalent to finding six more aneurysms in 100 scans that contain aneurysms. It also improved consensus among the interpreting clinicians.