Aneurysm is a blood-filled dilatation of a local area of a blood vessel. The cause of an aneurysm is generally unknown. Aneurysms can be present before birth or may be caused by disease or weakening of a blood vessel wall. Most aneurysms occur in adults, but it may also occur in children. Some people have a family history of aneurysm. Aneurysms usually don't cause symptoms until they burst or rupture.


Ruptured aneurysms can be fatal; therefore, a quick and accurate diagnosis is essential. Symptoms may include: a sudden and severe headache, coma or loss of consciousness, eye movement problems, photophobia (eyes are sensitive to the light), seizures, stiff neck, vomiting, and weakness. A child with symptoms of a burst aneurysm will be seen by a pediatric neurologist, neurosurgeon, and/or cardiologist for more definitive diagnosis using angiography, CT scan, and/or MRI scan. Almost all aneurysms must be treated. In most cases, aneurysms can be successfully treated through surgery.

How a child does after a ruptured aneurysm depends on how much bleeding occurred and how function and consciousness was initially affected by the ruptured aneurysm.

These symptoms may include:

  • Weakness in the large and small muscles
  • Difficulty eating and feeding
  • Difficulty with thinking skills
  • Difficulty learning new things
  • Difficulty with speech and/or language
  • Difficulty with sensory processing
  • Many other accompanying difficulties.

The first 6 months post diagnosis of an aneurysm is critical to recovery.

Rehabilitation Evaluation

After recovery from surgery, your child will be referred for rehabilitation evaluation and therapy. A child may need an evaluation with the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), the Physical Therapist (PT) and the Occupational Therapist (OT).


At Intermountain Pediatric Rehabilitation, we work with each family to set goals that best meet your child’s needs, and provide best evidence based treatment for each symptom.

Your child will likely be treated both at the hospital and after they go home at an outpatient clinic. Your child may need help with school as well.

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