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Free Article: Awake Craniotomy vs Surgery Under General Anesthesia for Resection of Supratentorial Lesions
BACKGROUND: The use of an awake craniotomy in the treatment of supratentorial lesions is a challenge for both patients and staff in the operation theater.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and effectiveness of an awake craniotomy with brain mapping in comparison with a craniotomy performed under general anesthesia.
METHODS: We prospectively compared 2 groups of patients who underwent surgery for supratentorial lesions: those in whom an awake craniotomy with intraoperative brain mapping was used (AC group, n = 214) and those in whom surgery was performed under general anesthesia (GA group, n = 361, including 72 patients with lesions in eloquent areas). The AC group included lesions in close proximity to the eloquent cortex that were surgically treated on an elective basis.