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1 Awake Craniotomy: Role in Neurosurgical Management Christine Stewart University of Minnesota, MS4

2 Outline Case R.P. Classic indications and exclusion criteria Factors to consider when defining eloquent areas Recommendations

3 R.P. 42 RHM w/ long history of seizures recently changed in character, worsening H/A over past several months. Wife notes increasing apathy, slow processing Difficulty with word-finding, long-term memory, mood-swings Other PMHx: – Cyclist v. car 1983: LOC 1-2 minutes, right frontal frx w/ CSF leak  meningitis – 1 st seizure 1985 GTC w/ auras – Another episode of meningitis 1985  intracranial abscess R. frontal lobe  R. frontal craniotomy – Imaging from show a hypodensity in the left frontal lobe which was interpreted as encephalomalcia given hx – Hypothyroidism Medications: – Lamictal 400 mg – Vimpat 200 mg BID – Levothyroxine

4 Imaging

5 Classic Indications for Awake Craniotomy 1 Surgery in ‘eloquent’ brain – Near motor strip – Speech/language centers – Thalamus Removal of brainstem tumors Search for a focus of seizure activity

6 Exclusion Criteria 2,3, 4 Inability to cooperate: dysphasia, language barrier, emotional labiality, cognitive impairment Low occipital tumors Tumors with significant dural attachment Patients < 11 years old 5

7 Eloquent areas and factors to consider: Anatomical variability 6 – ICBM 452 atlas “Average” brain – Factors: sex, age, handedness, neurological and psychiatric disease

8 Eloquent areas and factors to consider: Functional variability 6,7,8 – Even areas with the same anatomical landmarks may not harbor the same underlying function Motor cortex variability: – “Hand knob” of pre-central gyrus can represent primary motor cortex or premotor cortex – Stimulation in pre-central cortex can result in sensory and motor responses or motor responses in > 1 motor group – Primary motor area may extend > 20 mm anterior to the central sulcus

9 Eloquent areas and factors to consider: Functional variability Variability in language cortices 6 – > 4cm of variability in intraoperative speech arrest J Neurosurg 71:316–326, 1989.

10 Eloquent areas and factors to consider: Effect of space-occupying lesions – Unusual functional acquisition: congenital lesions (AVMs)  higher incidence right v. left sided language 6 – Reorganization: LGG (low grade gliomas)/other adult neurological injury  reorganization of speech center s.t more frontal speech centers in pt vs. controls 10 – Extent likely depends on time-course of injury 9 – Illustratively, these patients rarely present with neurodeficits 9

11 Variability in Mapping Functional Localization 2,6 Either measuring electrophysiological signals or perfusion Electrocortical stimulation mapping (ESM) identifies essential and involved areas – Other methods seem to be more sensitive to map all involved areas, but do not identify which are essential If essential area is identified: – Appropriate resection margins have not been recommended

12 Effects of Mapping 4 % of all patients% w/ post-op neurodeficits % w/ deficits who were previously intact + Mapping22.5%20.9%4.4% - Mapping77.5%13.5%1.8%

13 When considering awake craniotomy: Outcomes – No prospective randomized control trial has been done directly comparing awake v. GA 3 Patient experience – Awake procedures are well-tolerated 11 Overall satisfaction rated: 71-93% Significant pain identified: 8-29% All of this literature asks post-op and relies on recall – Non-language deficits are noted after surgeries done under GA 2 Visual, spatial perceptions, cognitive and behavioral disorders noted as more individuals do neuropsychological testing. Cost 4 – Reduces operating time Dependent on experience level – Reduces post-op ICU stay – Reduces total hospital stay Median LOS: 1 day

14 Recommendations No ‘gold standards’ for pre-operative mapping b/c no outcomes-correlated evidence – fMRI at minimum – DTI may help define white matter tracts in and around the lesion – Others: MEG, PET Intra-operative monitoring should be mandatory – only technique with validated outcomes measures

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