Sydney Aneurysm provides expert advice on family screening for brain aneurysms in a safe and comfortable setting.
Brain aneurysms are more common in relatives of people with a brain aneurysm compared with the rest of the population. 10-20% of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) of people with a brain aneurysm will also develop an aneurysm. That risk is higher in women, smokers, and people with high blood pressure.
Screening is a process where we perform a test (most often MRI) to look for a brain aneurysm, even if you have no symptoms, based on your family history. Screening is not for everyone – some people would prefer to know if they have an aneurysm whilst others would prefer not to know. It is easier to make this decision after undergoing a consultation with us at Sydney Aneurysm where we can discuss your overall risk of having an aneurysm, and the positives and negatives of screening.