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Craniotomy - series—Indication

Indication

Overview

Brain surgery may be needed to treat:

  • brain tumors
  • bleeding (hemorrhage) or blood clots (hematomas) from injuries (subdural hematoma or epidural hematomas)
  • weaknesses in blood vessels (cerebral aneurysms)
  • damage to tissues covering the brain (dura)
  • pockets of infection in the brain (brain abscesses)
  • severe nerve or facial pain (such as trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux)
  • epilepsy

Review Date 2/23/2017

Updated by: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.