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Published October 27, 2011, 06:35 PM

Little warning precedes brain aneurysms

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More often than not, brain aneurysms are things that happen out of the blue. Sanford Neurologist Doctor Cynthia Knutson says there is little to no warning when brain aneurysms rupture.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

More often than not, brain aneurysms are things that happen out of the blue. Sanford Neurologist Doctor Cynthia Knutson says there is little to no warning when brain aneurysms rupture. It happens to about 30,000 Americans a year, but nearly 15 million Americans have aneurysms. When one ruptures, there is more than a 50% mortality rate, but Knutson says a case like this is very rare.

Dr. Cynthia Knutson: “Very uncommon, uncommon, the average age of aneurysm rupture is probably around 55, so somewhere between 40 and 60.”

Knutson says survivors of ruptured aneurysms usually have significant mental and physical disabilities.

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