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Can Teens Really Be In Danger of a Brain Aneurysm?

Jaclyn Hughes

Most parents don’t have any remote concerns over the possibility of their teenagers developing any serious health issues, much less something as critical as an aneurysm, but surprisingly, it can happen. Remember the very first episode of the hit tv show, “Grey’s Anatomy” where there was a girl who kept experiencing seizures and none of the doctors could figure out why? Suddenly, they discovered the teen had an aneurysm and emergency surgery was performed that saved her life. It was the highlight of the episode, as the only reason they even figured out this was what she needed, was due to a contest the supervising physician had proposed with a group of surgical interns to try to spark some competition to quickly research what could be causing this young, otherwise healthy, teenager’s seizures.

In real life, this does tragically occur. Recently, there was a case in the Winter Park area of Orlando, where a teenager died after suffering a brain aneurysm due to blunt force trauma to his head. The victim was Roger Trinidade, who was involved in an altercation with other teenagers apparently over being sprayed with some sort of prank spray that was supposed to have a foul smell. The two other boys convicted of the beating are being tried as adults with manslaughter charges, according to the Orlando news site, ClickOrlando.com

While these two teens both suffered aneurysms, wether in real life or in a television series; both situations can without question occur. Doctors report that aneurysms in teens are highly unlikely, but if they are suspected to be forming, they generally cause a massive headache, and often lose consciousness.

If your child begins to develop a serious headache, expert agree that speaking with their family doctors taking them to the emergency department immediately is necessary as head pain in teens can be anything from a migraine, to meningitis, to an aneurysm, that requires immediate attention.

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