AIIMS Doc perform brain surgery on five year old in awake condition

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The All India Institute of Medical Sciences has conducted an awake craniotomy ( Conscious Sedation technique) surgery on a five-year-old female child.  The surgery was conducted on the left perisylvian intraaxial brain tumor at AIIMS. The hospital said that she is the youngest in the world to undergo this procedure.

“The neuroanesthesia team achieved a rare feat on 4 January 2024 – Awake Craniotomy (Conscious Sedation technique ) surgery for Left perisylvian intraaxial brain tumor on a 5 yr 10 month old female child was conducted. She happens to be the world’s youngest child to undergo this procedure at her age as per literature review”, said the AIIMS.

The hospital said that she coperated very well throughout the procedure and remained well at the end and postoperatively. Awake brain surgery, also called awake craniotomy, is a type of procedure performed on the brain while the patient is awake and alert. There was excellent teamwork and support by neuro anesthesia and Neuroradiology teams for providing high-quality functional MRI brain studies, hospital said.