A craniotomy is the temporary removal of a small portion of the skull . The doctor may perform a craniotomy to have access to the brain in order to treat any one or more conditions. At the conclusion of whatever procedure is necessary, the skull is replaced.
Some reasons to have a craniotomy:
- Brain Tumor
- Arteriovenous malformation, Cavernous malformation
- Brain lesion, cyst or abscess
- Trauma to the brain