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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

Update Date 2/27/2013

Updated by: Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.