A brain aneurysm is a weak balloon-like spot on the wall of a brain artery. One in 50 people in the United States alone will develop this during their lifetime. This is approximately 6 million people, and the majority of them are aged 40 to 60 years old. It is also reported that most of them are women.
A rare case of a woman with aneurysm made surgeons use 3D printed blood vessels to plan the operation she was about to undergo, and fortunately, it was successful. Read more in this report by Josh L Davis on IFL Science:
Surgeons Use 3D Printed Blood Vessels To Practice Brain Surgery
Doctors have performed complex surgery successfully on a woman’s tangled brain aneurysm after 3D printing an entire replica of her brain blood vessel anatomy. By physically visualizing the exact problem, surgeons were able to get a detailed idea of how to fix it. This also allowed the surgeons to practice time and again the techniques they would need to use in the real-life surgery. Read more…
It’s not a secret that brain surgeries are very risky as it may result to swelling, blood clot, infection, and seizures, so it’s amazing how these surgeons use 3D printed blood vessels to practice the operation.
The usual causes include high blood pressure, abnormal blood flow, atherosclerosis, trauma, and even heredity. Cigarette smoking and drug abuse are also another risk factor.
In addition to that, watch out for symptoms such as headache, numbness, change in vision and dilated pupil. If left untreated, this can cause stroke or death, so consult a doctor immediately.
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