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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2011;6(2):157-159.
Published online April 30, 2011.
Development of a contralateral acute subdural hematoma during awake craniotomy for glial tumor in a 12-year-old boy: A case report
Han Bum Joe, Sung Yong Park, Kwan Sik Park, Kyu Dong Kyoung, Yi Hwa Choi, Kyung Gi Cho, Bong Ki Moon
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
2Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA university, Bundang CHA General Hospital, Sungnam, Korea.
Contralateral acute subdural hematomas that occur during removal of brain tumors under general anesthesia are extremely rare, and there are no reports of this developing during awake craniotomy for brain tumors. We report a case of a 12-year-old boy who complained of sudden and severe headache and nausea around the completion of removal of a glial tumor of the frontal lobe under awake anesthesia. Postoperative computerized tomography scan revealed the presence of contralateral acute minimal subdural hematoma. We suggest that during craniotomy with awake anesthesia for brain tumors, contralateral acute subdural hematoma may occur, even in the absence of brain bulging or changes in vital signs. Sudden intra-operative headache and nausea should be investigated by immediate postoperative computerized tomography scans to ascertain diagnosis.
Key Words: Awake craniotomy, Contralateral subdural hematoma, Glial tumor

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