Genetic Epidemiology

University of Utah

Intracranial "Brain" Aneurysm

Do you have relatives who have suffered from brain aneurysms? Researchers at the University of Utah are studying the genetics of brain aneurysms, a condition that affects more than 30,000 Americans every year. An aneurysm is an enlargement of a section of artery due to weakness in the arterial wall, often resulting in hemorrhage. If at least two people in your family have had a brain aneurysm, the University of Utah's division of Genetic Epidemiology and departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology would like you to participate in an important new study. Study volunteers will be asked to do three things.

 Give a small blood sample

 Answer a family and medical history questionnaire

 Complete a free aneurysm-screening test called Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) for all first-degree relatives of an aneurysm case






By studying families with a history of brain aneurysm, researchers hope to isolate the genetic component that causes people to have an increased risk of aneurysms. This information could ultimately lead to better prevention and treatment of this dangerous condition that kills over 60% of its victims.

To learn more about intracranial aneurysms, please visit the sites found on the Medically Related Links webpage.

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