This thesis aims to provide a solid framework of the anesthesiological aspects linked to an awake craniotomy procedure for brain tumor resection. To begin with, it should be clarified, that the term ‘anesthesiological’ in case of the awake craniotomy covers the whole non-operative/non-surgical context, including metabolic and psychological aspects, too - and not only sedation and analgesia.
In summary, after the publication of this thesis, there remain a lot of unanswered questions and challenges for the patient undergoing and the team performing an awake craniotomy for brain tumor resection. There is no doubt, that all efforts must be taken, to make the procedure for the patient as safe, as effective, and as pleasant as possible. This is most probably warranted by an experienced and dedicated team, with intensive counselling of the patient – which is routine at Erasmus MC.

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R.J. Stolker (Robert)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Anesthesiology

Klimek, M. (2018, October 3). Anesthesiological Aspects of Awake Craniotomy. Retrieved from