Asleep-awake-asleep craniotomy: a comparison with general anesthesia for resection of supratentorial tumors.

@article{Rajan2013AsleepawakeasleepCA,
  title={Asleep-awake-asleep craniotomy: a comparison with general anesthesia for resection of supratentorial tumors.},
  author={Shobana Rajan and Juan Pablo Cata and Eman M S Nada and Robert J. Weil and Rakhi Pal and Rafi Avitsian},
  journal={Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia},
  year={2013},
  volume={20 8},
  pages={1068-73}
}
The anesthetic plan for patients undergoing awake craniotomy, when compared to craniotomy under general anesthesia, is different, in that it requires changes in states of consciousness during the procedure. This retrospective review compares patients undergoing an asleep-awake-asleep technique for craniotomy (group AW: n = 101) to patients undergoing craniotomy under general anesthesia (group AS: n = 77). Episodes of desaturation (AW = 31% versus AS = 1%, p < 0.0001), although temporary, and… CONTINUE READING

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