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Aneurysms rare in youth

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FARGO - The first sign of a ballooning blood vessel in the brain could be what doctors call a "thunderclap headache" - described as the worst headache of your life.

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On the other hand, there often is no sign of what doctors call a subarachnoid aneurysm, or a ruptured blood vessel in the space between the brain and the skull.

"Most of them are asymptomatic; they have no symptoms," Dr. Shawn Christenson, a neurologist at Essentia Health, said Thursday.

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