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Basics of Craniotomy

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The basic craniotomies used for obliterating an intracranial aneurysm are essential surgical techniques in the arsenal acquired through the career of a training neurosurgeon. The array of treatment options is an ever-evolving field, and neurosurgeons must understand the essential anatomical principles and develop a step-wise approach in selecting a specific surgical corridor for when an open surgical procedure is needed. This chapter provides a descriptive review of the primary surgical approaches used to access and obliterate aneurysms within the intracranial vasculature, as well as insight into the selection process of each surgical window and its benefits and inherent limitations. We discuss the main craniotomies involved in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms arising from both the anterior and posterior circulation.

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Gomez-Paz, S., Enriquez-Marulanda, A., Nwajei, F., Ogilvy, C.S. (2022). Basics of Craniotomy. In: Mascitelli, J.R., Binning, M.J. (eds) Introduction to Vascular Neurosurgery. Springer, Cham.

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