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What would cause you to need a craniotomy?

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Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Many conditions: Neurosurgeons perform craniotomy to treat conditions that affect the brain. These include bleeding, infections, tumors, congenital and acquired abnormalities, traumatic injuries.
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Access to the brain: Craniotomies are performed routinely by neurosurgeons to gain access to the brain. The overlying skull is removed using a special type of saw (the bone flap is replaced later). Neurosurgeons access the brain to remove tumors, blood clots, seizure foci. This is also done to treat (clip) brain aneurysms.

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