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"Is memory loss common for people who've had brain aneurysm treatment?"

ZocdocAnswersIs memory loss common for people who've had brain aneurysm treatment?


Hi. My mother is 38 and had brain aneurysm treatment and now is having trouble with her short-term memory. Will she always be like this or is this a temporary thing? She couldn't remember her grandson's name the last time we visited and it was very upsetting.


There are many questions to consider when discussing outcomes related to brain aneurysms and their treatments. First, how was the aneurysm treated (ie clipping vs coiling) and were there any complications associated with the procedure? Did your mother suffer from strokes or vasospasm after the subarachnoid hemorrhage? These are important questions to consider, and discussing these with your neurosurgeon or neurologist will be the best way to know how what will be the likely outcomes related to the aneurysm treatment. If your mother suffered subarachnoid bleeding (bleeding within and around the brain parenchyma), there will likely be a while before your mother returns to her neurological baseline if she ever completely recovers. The brain does not tolerate bleeding around it very well, and it becomes similar to traumatic brain injury. For these reasons, there are other problems that patients suffer which include depression, late onset hydrocephalus (increased pressure on the brain from the fluid pockets filled with spinal fluid), and memory problems. If there are strokes associated with the bleeding, then weakness, word finding difficulty and visual problems may be present. Again, the best thing to do is discuss this with your neurosurgeon or neurologist.

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