Risk factor for aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)

An avoidable risk factor associated with intracranial aneurysm development and rupture is cigarette smoking hypertension and alcohol consumption.

The presenting symptoms of aneurysmal SAH are headache (>90% prevalence), nausea/vomiting (45% prevalence), photophobia (50% prevalence), neck stiffness (50% prevalence), altered level of consciousness (50% prevalence) and focal neurologic defict (30% prevalence).

Risk factor modification, especially cigarette smoking and blood pressure control, is essential to influence the natural history of this disease.

Starr Tze

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1. International Study of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms Investigators: Unruptured intracranial aneurysms: Risk of rupture and risks of surgical intervention. N Engl J Med 1998;

2. Broderick JP, Brott T, Tomsick T, et al: Intracerebral hemorrhage more than twice as common as subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg 1993; 78(2):188-91