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Decompressive Craniectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about decompressive craniectomy?

Decompressive craniectomy is surgery to remove part of the skull. This helps to relieve brain swelling and decrease pressure within the brain.

What will happen during decompressive craniectomy?

What will happen after decompressive craniectomy?

What are the risks of decompressive craniectomy?

A collection of CSF may collect under the layer of tissue that covers the brain. A part of the person's brain may push through an open area of his or her skull if there is not enough room for his or her brain to expand. He or she may bleed more than expected or get an infection such as meningitis or a bone infection. He or she may also have wound healing problems. He or she may have seizures or develop hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition caused by too much CSF inside the ventricles (spaces) of the brain. These problems can become life-threatening. The person may have permanent disabilities after this surgery.

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