Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms: Evaluation and Management

ScientificWorldJournal. 2015:2015:954954. doi: 10.1155/2015/954954. Epub 2015 Jun 4.


The evolution of imaging techniques and their increased use in clinical practice have led to a higher detection rate of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The diagnosis of an unruptured intracranial aneurysm is a source of significant stress to the patient because of the concerns for aneurysmal rupture, which is associated with substantial rates of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it is important that decisions regarding optimum management are made based on the comparison of the risk of aneurysmal rupture with the risk associated with intervention. This review provides a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, natural history, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management options for unruptured intracranial aneurysms based on the current evidence in the literature. Furthermore, the authors discuss the genetic abnormalities associated with intracranial aneurysm and current guidelines for screening in patients with a family history of intracranial aneurysms. Since there is significant controversy in the optimum management of small unruptured intracranial aneurysms, we provided a systematic approach to their management based on patient and aneurysm characteristics as well as the risks and benefits of intervention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnosis*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / epidemiology
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / etiology
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Prognosis
  • Risk
  • Treatment Outcome