What is a leaking aneurysm?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

An aneurysm that leaks small amounts of blood in the days leading up to a rupture is called a leaking aneurysm. Sometimes this is called sentinel bleeding and the headaches that accompany this bleeding can be called sentinel headaches. These headaches can be severe and may be a warning that a rupture will soon occur. Only a few people with brain aneurysms experience leaking and the accompanying warning headaches.

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