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About 6 million people have brain aneurysms like former Mariner pitcher

Former Mainer pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a a ruptured aneurysm after pitching for the White Sox on Friday night.

SEATTLE -- Former Mariner pitcher Danny Farquhar passed out Friday night after throwing 16 pitches for the Chicago White Sox.

He suffered a a ruptured aneurysm and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

He is one of 6 million people who have a brain aneurysm -- an abnormal bubble on a blood vessel -- says Dr. Laligam Sekhar, a neurosurgeon at Harborview Medical Center.

Harborview is the largest treatment center for aneurysms in the state.

Nearly 30,000 will suffer an actual rupture.

"A major burst is always dangerous," he said. "And even with the best treatment about two-thirds will survive."

There are no warning signs for many patients. Others will suffer from an extreme headache if a rupture is about to occur.

"That's called a thunder-clap headache, a really bad headache.," Sekhar said. "A person who has never suffered a headache before gets like a worse headache of their life."

The White Sox say Farquhar is "progressing well" after undergoing surgery.

Sekhar says it will be at least another three months before it can be determined whether Farquhar can play baseball again.

""I think he needs to get back... get his life back and get back to his life," Sekhar said.


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