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Ultrasound and screenings can be used to detect and monitor aneurysms.

Ultrasound and screenings can be used to detect and monitor aneurysms.
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Aneurysm symptoms

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Some people get the symptoms of a small leak of blood from the aneurysm.

A leak from a brain aneurysm may cause a headache, and maybe nausea as well.

A leak from an aortic aneurysm would cause pain in the belly or the back.

A rupture of an aneurysm is very serious. If a brain aneurysm ruptures, it can cause a stroke and the person experiences a sudden, very severe headache, nausea and vomiting. They may become unconcious.

If an aortic aneurysms ruptures, the person gets sudden pain in the back or belly and feels very weak. They may black out.

A ruptured aneurysm can be fatal.

Aneurysms sometimes cause a minor bleed before rupturing, causing asudden headache in the case of a brain aneurysm, or abdominal pain and back pain in the case of an aortic aneurysm.

If you think you might have an aneurysm, go to the nearest emergency department or call an ambulance on triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: November 2016

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