Up to One-Fourth of Patients with Ruptured Brain
Aneurysms Are Misdiagnosed or Experience a Delay in Diagnosis
A cerebral aneurysm, also known as an intracranial aneurysm
or brain aneurysm, is an abnormal bulging or ballooning of an artery in the
brain that can put pressure on surrounding nerves and brain tissue. Aneurysms
form as the result of a weakening or thinning of the wall of a blood vessel,
making them prone to rupture, which results in bleeding into or around the
Once an aneurysm ruptures, 10 percent to 15 percent of
patients die before reaching medical care and up to 50 percent die within two
weeks. Of those patients who do survive, 30 percent suffer a moderate or severe
disability and most are unable to return to the same quality of life they
enjoyed prior to the rupture.
Early diagnosis is critical to avoid patient fatalities and
devastating neurological outcomes. Yet, up to one-fourth of patients with
ruptured brain aneurysms are either misdiagnosed or experience a delay in
diagnosis when they initially seek medical attention. In three out of four
cases, misdiagnosis results when doctors fail to do brain imaging. Physicians
commonly misdiagnose cerebral aneurysms as migraine or tension headaches.
What Are the Symptoms of a Cerebral Aneurysm?
When a cerebral aneurysm is large enough to press on
surrounding nerves and brain tissue, the patient will often experience one or
more neurological symptoms, including:
What Tests Are Used to Diagnose a Cerebral Aneurysm?
Diagnostic tests used to determine whether a cerebral aneurysm
exists and, if so, whether it has already ruptured, are:
How Are Cerebral Aneurysms Treated?
Treatment methods for both ruptured and unruptured cerebral aneurysms
Medications and rehabilitative physical, speech and
occupational therapy also may be necessary.
Trial Lawyers for Life’s Most Challenging Moments
For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Feldman Shepherd have
achieved record-breaking results in medical malpractice lawsuits for patients
and their families who have been harmed when medical practitioners misdiagnose
or fail to timely diagnose cerebral aneurysms and other serious conditions. We
are one of a small number of law firms that includes in our ranks an emergency
medicine doctor/board certified family practitioner and two nurses all of whom
are lawyers, and we additionally consult with preeminent medical experts to
give us a deep understanding of the medical issues you face and to inform our
If you need help following a doctor’s failure to diagnose
and treat a cerebral aneurysm, you can count on the Feldman Shepherd team to
help secure all of the compensation to which you are entitled, including
compensation for your pain and suffering, financial losses, emotional distress,
and medical expenses, while keeping you fully informed as to every step of your
medical malpractice case.
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