Definition of craniotomy
: surgical opening of the skull
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St. Tammany Parish Hospital, partnering with Ochsner Health System, expanded neuroscience offerings in 2016 with additional neurologists and surgeons performing craniotomies and complex spinal surgeries, the hospital said.
Jeffrey underwent a craniotomy and a lumbar puncture.
The only fix consists of a three-hour surgery in which Nelson repairs the bone with a piece of the patient’s craniotomy and patches the dura with tissue taken from the muscle over the ear.
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Origin and Etymology of craniotomy
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1855See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of craniotomy
1: the operation of cutting or crushing the fetal head to effect delivery fetal craniotomies…performed to save the life of the mother—R. E. Frisch
2: surgical opening of the skull
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