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Neil Young treated for 'dangerous' aneurysm

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Neil Young

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Rocker Neil Young was treated for a "dangerous brain aneurysm" this week but is expected to make a full recovery, his agent said Friday.

Young underwent "minimally invasive neuroradiology" treatment Tuesday at a New York hospital and remains hospitalized.

"The procedure corrected the problem and has been characterized as a complete success with a total recovery. And resumption of normal activities by the 59-year-old rock legend is predicted for the near future," agent Bob Merlis said in a statement.

Young began experiencing problems in New York nearly three weeks ago, on March 14, after he performed with The Pretenders at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that night, he experienced blurred vision.

A neurologist gave Young an MRI scan, discovered the aneurysm and scheduled the procedure for this week. Young traveled to Nashville for recording work before returning to New York for the procedure.

"He is now resting comfortably and has made a full recovery, but we strongly recommend that he not travel for several days," said Dr. Pierre Gobin with the New York-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Young had to cancel his performance Sunday at the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.

"I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to make it to Winnipeg for the Junos as I had hoped. I grew up there and was really looking forward to the show as well as spending some time with my old friends and family," Young said in a written statement.

An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel, much like a bulge on an over-inflated inner tube, and can be fatal if it ruptures, causing a hemorrhagic stroke.

During minimally invasive neuroradiology procedures, doctors insert a catheter through the groin and into the brain, and small coils are used to clear up the bulge.

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