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Apr 29, 2009

Artery rupture in brain repaired

Surgeons at the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital here have repaired a ruptured artery in the brain to save a 39-year-old man’s life.G. Chandrasekar of Sulur had consulted his family physician for sudden and severe headache and vomiting.

A computed tomography of the brain revealed a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage – a rupture in the artery.The patient was referred by the physician to the hospital where an angiogram of the brain was done to detect the location of the problem in the right anterior cerebral artery.
A press release from the hospital said the problem was known as aneurysm. It causes bulging of the artery, especially at branching points. When the bulge enlarged, the thin wall of the artery ruptured and blood was released into the sub arachnoid region of the brain. The release said the bleeding caused severe headache, vomiting, seizures and loss of consciousness and was life-threatening.

A team led by neurosurgeon K. Madeswaran performed a craniotomy to access the ruptured area and clip it. The patient was discharged after a two-week stay in the hospital. Chairman of the hospital Nalla G. Palanisamy said cerebral aneurysms were common among smokers.
Early detection was vital to save the life of an affected person.

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