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An aneurysm is a bulge or blister in an artery wall that develops as the vessel wall becomes stretched and weakened from an infection, injury, or high blood pressure, or because of a genetic weakness in the artery. Aneurysms can become life-threatening when they rupture and hemorrhage. They can leak blood into the cerebrospinal fluid or brain, cause increased pressure in the brain cavity, and reduce the flow of blood to brain tissue. A ruptured aneurysm may result in a stroke.

Patients treated for cerebral aneurysms at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital benefit from one of the most experienced teams of neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists; advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatment; and round-the-clock neurocritical care. Our hospital is the busiest center in the Tri-State area for the repair of aneurysms, and high volume has been repeatedly linked to better patient outcomes. NewYork-Presbyterian's neurology and neurosurgery departments consistently rank among the top five in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Robert A. Solomon, M.D., F.A.C.S., the Chairman and Director of Service of the Department of Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, explains brain aneurysms.

Critically ill patients benefit from our Neurological Intensive Care Units (Neuro-ICUs) at both NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. These Neuro-ICUs feature specially trained medical staff (including doctors who are board-certified specifically in neurocritical care), 24/7 surveillance, sophisticated monitoring techniques, and specialized medical and surgical treatments focused on improving the outcomes of patients with neurological disorders. These units are also among the few in the world with dedicated in-unit scanners.

Physicians who wish to transfer a patient to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for the care of a cerebral aneurysm can call us at 1-800-NYP-STAT (1-800-697-7828) to arrange for a transfer, 24/7.

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