Is there any connection between lupus and aneurysm rupture?

Neil A. Martin, MD
Neurosurgery
Lupus affects a variety of tissues. While lupus can cause inflammation of brain arteries, it tends to affect smaller blood vessels in the brain, not the larger ones where aneurysms rupture. Because of that, it can't be said that there's a strong connection between lupus and intracranial aneurysm ruptures, although theoretically it is possible.

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Brain Aneurysms

The arteries in the brain occasionally develop a weak spot or bulge, which is called an aneurysm. The concern is that it can burst or rupture at that weak spot, causing blood to leak into the brain, a brain aneurysm hemorrhage. A ...

rupture is very serious, often fatal or leaving permanent paralysis and disability. Doctors detect aneurysms with various scans. There are two surgical treatments that reduce the risk of rupture. One is open brain surgery (craniotomy) the other, less invasive, is endovascular surgery. Which is appropriate depends on where the aneurysm is located. An aneurysm is a very serious medical condition and requires immediate attention.
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